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House subcommittee to hear Stillwater bridge bill

The proposed bridge linking Stillwater, Minn., and Houlton, Wis., over the St. Croix River will get its first congressional hearing Wednesday. (Rendering courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation)

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A bill that would allow for construction of a four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River south of Stillwater gets its first congressional hearing Wednesday.

The $700 million bridge connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin to replace the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge has long been a source of conflict because of environmental concerns. The National Park Service is attempting to block construction of the bridge, saying it would conflict with the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconsin would clear the way for the new bridge. Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the new bridge is the single most important issue facing the St. Croix River Valley. Harycki is traveling to Washington, D.C., Tuesday in advance of the House subcommittee hearing.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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