MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge in Minneapolis has blocked construction of a bridge over the St. Croix River near Stillwater.
Chief Judge Michael Davis found the National Park Service’s approval of the $668 million bridge violated federal law. Davis said the agency ignored its 1996 position that a massive bridge south of Stillwater would have a “dramatic and disruptive” impact on the river’s scenery.
It’s the second time the Sierra Club has sued to stop construction of the bridge that would replace the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge as the main Minnesota-Wisconsin connection north of Interstate 94.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports state transportation officials hoped to start building the bridge mid-2013.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com