High Water Levels on St. Croix May Delay Stillwater Lift Bridge Plans

High Water Levels on St. Croix May Delay Stillwater Lift Bridge Plans Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation

October 23, 2018 10:42 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says continued high water levels on the St. Croix River may delay plans to close a gap on the Stillwater lift bridge.

A release said MnDOT had planned to replace the bridge's span No. 6 - two spans east of the lift span - on Nov. 1. The bridge, which is being transformed into a bicycle/pedestrian crossing, is not operational due to repairs already underway. But replacing the span would effectively end the 2018 lift schedule for most large marine traffic.

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According to the release, the span was floated out of position and anchored parallel with the east bank of the river in late July to allow for repair work and repainting on the lift span. With the lift span closed, the removal was needed to provide access for river traffic to move up and down the river unimpeded for the remainder of the boating season.

When the span is returned to its original location, the release said only smaller watercraft will be allowed to move up and down the river beneath the bridge. Signs will direct those boats to the proper location to safely pass as parts of the bridge will have scaffolding hanging underneath.

Repairs to the lift span are expected to be finished over the winter. The hope is for the lift bridge schedule to resume in late April 2019.

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