The Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River is closed to all traffic.
Motor vehicle traffic has been transferred to the St. Croix Crossing bridge in Oak Park Heights. The lift bridge will reopen for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only and lift for boats in late 2019.
About this project
The iconic Stillwater lift bridge was built in 1931 at a cost of $460,174 to replace a swing bridge dating to 1910. The cost was split evenly between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The lift bridge has become a much-loved symbol of the city of Stillwater, nestled on the west bank of the St. Croix River. The vertical lift highway bridge formerly connected Minn. Hwy 36 in Stillwater and Wis. Hwy 64 in Houlton. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The Lift Bridge, spanning the St. Croix River, will undergo a transformation into a bicycle/pedestrian crossing. The lift bridge also will accommodate marine traffic during and after the project is complete. 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 and other local trails.
The lift bridge closed to all traffic on Aug. 2, 2017 following the opening of the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge in Oak Park Heights.
Summary of work
Repair steel connections
Restore mechanical and electrical components
Repair concrete railings
Paint lift bridge its historic green color
Replace lighting to replicate the original 1931 lights