STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) – A committee of Stillwater residents, business owners and environmentalists has proposed a more conservative plan for replacing an aging lift bridge across the St. Croix River connecting Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The group called Sensible Stillwater Bridge Partnership is proposing a three-lane, 40 mph bridge at a cost of about $260 million. Transportation officials favor a four-lane, 65 mph bridge with a price tag of more than $630 million.
Stillwater resident and urban planner Roger Tomten said the smaller bridge would accommodate rush hour traffic with a center lane that would alternate with the time of day. Motorists heading into Minnesota would have two lanes in the morning. In the afternoon, two lanes would be outgoing.