Western Wisconsinites Prepare for St. Croix Crossing

July 30, 2017 10:26 PM

Years of waiting are about to come to an end along the St. Croix River.

The St. Croix Crossing bridge is set to open on Wednesday, providing a new connection from eastern Minnesota to Western Wisconsin.

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In the town of Houlton, Wisconsin, some look forward to less traffic trouble, but others are concerned the new bridge and highway will increase noise in the community.

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"Houlton is a very small community," resident Caroline Anderson said. "Some people are really embracing (the bridge) and some people are not because change is hard."

The state used its power of eminent domain to relieve Anderson and her husband of 20 acres of family farm to make room for the new highway.

"I didn't know I was going to live on a highway. We didn't plan for that," Anderson said.

Some believe the new bridge will increase the population and increase property values. 

The St. Croix Crossing will replace the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge. Cars may not use it any more, but the Lift Bridge won't be going anywhere. The plan is to convert it into a pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

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