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MnDOT rejects alternate Stillwater bridge proposal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is criticizing a proposal to build a smaller St. Croix River bridge.

The Sensible Stillwater Bridge Partnership drafted the plan to counter a drive for a $690 million four-lane bridge at Oak Park Heights. The alternate plan envisions a three-lane bridge built diagonally to connect with the Wisconsin end of the Stillwater Lift Bridge. Proponents have said such a bridge would save millions of dollars for Minnesota taxpayers while addressing transportation needs for western Wisconsin.

But the Star Tribune reports the MnDOT review concluded the alternative plan varies little from an earlier plan rejected several years ago.

Stillwater resident and urban planner Roger Tomten said in a statement his group’s plan “offers far more positives — and far fewer negatives” than the larger proposal.

Information from: Star Tribune,

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