Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 36 Stillwater Lift Bridge Conversion

Between Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River

Stillwater Lift Bridge

Traffic impacts

Lift schedule

The lift schedule will be in effect from approximately April 22 to Oct. 15. The Lift Bridge is staffed full time from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends and holidays.

2016 traffic change

Vehicle traffic that currently travels on the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be transferred to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge in the fall of 2016. At that time, the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be converted to a bicycle/pedestrian facility.

River traffic impacts

Efforts will be made to minimize impacts to river traffic by scheduling work both outside of the navigation season and within the navigation season.

About this project

Summary of work

Starting in fall 2016, Historic Stillwater Lift Bridge spanning the St. Croix River will undergo a transformation into a bicycle/pedestrian facility. This conversion project is part of the St. Croix Crossing Project. The converted lift bridge will also become part of a 5-mile “loop trail” system connecting the new river crossing bridge up with the historic bridge. The Lift Bridge will still operate to accommodate boat navigation. 

  • Repair steel connections
  • Restore mechanical and electrical components
  • Repair concrete railings
  • Reconstruct concourse
  • Paint lift bridge


  • $12 million