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These pages provide background information on the St. Croix Crossing project.

Work on the new river crossing began in 2013. For the newest updates please go to: www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing


Final Bill Status

President Barack Obama signs Public Law 112-100 legislation authorizing the St. Croix River Crossing project on March 14, 2012

Current Congressional Status

U.S. House, on a 339 to 80 vote, approved the St. Croix River Crossing Project on (3-1-12)

Minnesota Governor Dayton sets deadline of March 15, 2012 (Feb. 21, 2012)
U.S. Senate Passes S.1134
(Jan. 23, 2012)
Committee on National Resources - Markup on H.R. 850 (Oct. 5, 2011)

Diagonal Bridge Concept

NPS issues 7(a) Evaluation and Determination Report (Sept. 2010)

Minnesota, Wisconsin transportation departments release annual project report for St. Croix River Crossing (Mar. 1, 2012)

Development of downtown Stillwater and northwestern Wisconsin as tourist destinations, commercial development along Highway 36 attracting employees and residents throughout the region, development in Wisconsin, and the economic strength of the Twin Cities metropolitan area as an employment center have contributed to increasing traffic volumes on Highway 36, Highway 95, in downtown Stillwater, State Highway 64, and across the Lift Bridge.

Identifying possible solutions to this transportation problem also requires consideration of the context in which this bridge and its adjoining roadways sit. The U.S. Congress has designated the St. Croix River, over which the Lift Bridge crosses, as a National Wild and Scenic River, designated for its scenic, recreational, and geologic values.

In addition, historic buildings, several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are located throughout the Stillwater area, which is known as the "birthplace of Minnesota." The Stillwater Lift Bridge itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a testament to innovative engineering techniques in the early twentieth century.

The St. Croix River Valley is valued by residents and visitors alike for its combination of natural, historic, and scenic resources. Proposed solutions to the transportation problem should intend to minimize potential negative impacts on these resources and maintain the balance that creates a respected environment in which to live, work, and play.

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