Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 28, 2017

Hwy 36 Stillwater Lift Bridge closed overnight tonight to repair electrical malfunction

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will temporarily close the Stillwater Lift Bridge overnight between 10 p.m. tonight and 6 a.m. Thursday, June 29, to replace a malfunctioning electrical cable that provides electricity to raise and lower the lift span.

A malfunction at 12:05 p.m. yesterday in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage at the Stillwater lift bridge caused the bridge to stop about 30 feet above the water, 3/4 of the way up. The bridge again stalled just before 8:30 p.m. about halfway up during testing after the faulty part was repaired. Workers had to be lowered from the lift span by bucket truck.

Motorists are encouraged use Highway 243 at Osceola, Wis. or the Interstate 94 bridge at Hudson, Wis. to bypass the bridge.

Upon completion and opening of the new St. Croix River Crossing bridge in early August, the historic lift bridge crossing the St. Croix River will be transformed into a bicycle/pedestrian crossing. Upon completion of the two-year project in 2019, the bridge will become part of a loop trail linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. The refurbished bridge will provide an additional transportation option to better serve pedestrians and bicyclists in the city of Stillwater. The structure will continue to lift to accommodate marine traffic on the river beneath.

For more information, please visit the project web site: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/liftbridge/.  Updated road condition information is available by calling 511 or visiting www.511mn.org.