Stillwater Lift Bridge remains out of order tonight, overnight repairs underway
Span remains halfway up (or down depending on how you look at it)
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Well...it's a good news, bad news situation tonight at the Stillwater lift bridge! Although power was restored to the bridge shortly before 8:30 p.m., after workers lowered the bridge and then attempted to lift it again, the lift span halted halfway up and remains in that position. Several employees from MnDOT’s Electrical Services Section (ESS) and the bridge tender were on the bridge when it became stalled the second time and were lifted down from the lift span with a bucket truck. Further inspection of the electrical system revealed that the main power cable that controls the lift span had burned out.
ESS crews are currently gathering additional equipment and supplies and will work throughout the night to replace the damaged main power cable on the bridge. Repair work is expected to be completed before 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
A malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage at the Stillwater lift bridge failed at 12:05 p.m. this afternoon and caused the bridge to stop about 30 feet above the water, 3/4 of the way up.
MnDOT Electrical Services Section employees and Xcel Energy crews have been on the scene since early afternoon and were able to fix the damaged electrical meter and socket before 8:30 p.m. and were testing the bridge when additional electrical problems were discovered.
Upon completion and opening of the new St. Croix River Crossing bridge in early August, the historic lift bridge will close for repairs. Once completed in 2019, the bridge will be transformed in to a bicycle/pedestrian crossing as part of a loop trail linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. The bridge will better serve pedestrians and bicyclists in the city of Stillwater. The structure will continue to lift to accommodate marine traffic on the river beneath.