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 2015 lift schedule for marine traffic will end at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. The lift bridge will remain in the down position until next spring unless a lift is requested.

Boaters must call MnDOT at 651-234-7110 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to schedule a bridge lift.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge lift schedule will resume in April 2016.

Upcoming traffic change

Vehicle traffic that currently travels on the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be transferred to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge once the new bridge is open. 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

The 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