Lift bridge rehab begins after closure this week

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After the new bridge over the St. Croix opens, the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be restored to its 1931 appearance and converted to a bike and pedestrian bridge. (Image courtesy of MnDOT)

After the new bridge over the St. Croix opens, the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be restored to its 1931 appearance and converted to a bike and pedestrian bridge. (Image courtesy of MnDOT)

Construction of the new bridge over the St. Croix River will soon be complete, but work on the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be just beginning.

After the new St. Croix Crossing bridge opens this week between St. Joseph, Wis., and Oak Park Heights, the historic lift bridge will close for renovations. It’s scheduled to reopen in June 2019 as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will complete a roughly 5-mile loop trail in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

During an open house at Stillwater City Hall last week, the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation gave the public a look at what to expect.

With the exception of the lift bridge itself, the loop trail is scheduled to be complete in 2018. When finished, the trail will cross both the historic lift bridge and the new bridge, and will connect the two in a loop that runs on both sides of the river. Parts of the trail are already complete and may be used by the public.

Rehabilitating the lift bridge itself will take longer, because much of the work can’t begin until it closes to vehicle traffic.

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