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Stillwater Lift Bridge: It's Open

The Stillwater Lift Bridge opened Friday afternoon, just in time for the evening commute.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge opened Friday afternoon, thanks to favorable weather conditions this week.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge rehabilitation project began July 9. The bridge itself has been closed to traffic since Sept. 10.

Due to nice weather, electrical crews were able to get the final portion of the project completed ahead of schedule.

The project focused on repairing steel connections, replacing and repairing mechanical and electrical components, repairing concrete surfaces, repairing floor beams, painting portions of the bridge and replacing guardrail, curb and gutter.

Related: 

 MnDOT: Stillwater Lift Bridge On Track to Reopen Next Month

Open House to Discuss Stillwater Lift Bridge Closure is Feb. 22

Stillwater Lift Bridge to Close Sept. 10; Enter 'Townie Tuesdays'

 

Susan December 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
TP Jr, I stuck with you all the way to 'extremist nazis"...too darn funny, and sooo civil and neutral. I bet you're one of the crowd that call President Obama a Nazi too? Thank goodness that extreme group has been proven to be nothing more than raving fools. I understand your situation Teri and respect your comments. One important factor that you may be forgetting is the law that forbid this bridge from being built. Congress saw fit to bypass it, so I accept that. It seems that I am to be vilified for pointing out the hypocrisy of those complaining about the traffic in Hudson without considering what Stillwater residents have dealt with. It's a shame, but says more about those not willing to look at this from both sides, than it does about me. With that, I will sign off. Well, unless someone decides to attack me again...I just can't leave that alone. Good luck with that long, slow commute tomorrow morning, at least the bridge has opened back up for you.
Randy Marsh December 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Don't let Teri's example cloud some obvious facts that you apparently neglect to consider, TP. All those bridges mention combined probably did not cost what this new bridge will and do you want to take a wild guess at how many commuters use those bridges on a daily basis. You can look it up, but I will tell you flat out it is significantly more than use the lift bridge or will use the new bridge. Yes, the bridge could have been built less 10 years ago, but that doesn't ignore that today's cost is $700 million and yet nobody bothered to consider other design options AFTER the costs had grown to such a ridiculous total. And if you can't see or realize that the majority of people using this bridge are from Wisconsin then you are beyond clueless.
mainstreet December 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I'll remember that next time I'm at my cabin in WI and I see all those MN plates!
Randy Marsh December 10, 2012 at 03:51 AM
How many Wisconsin commuters do you think work in Minnesota and use the bridge five days a week? How many Minnesotans with cabins use the bridge only several weekends per year that couldn't also use the bridge in Osceola or Taylors Falls? Just how many cabins do you think there are in Somerset and New Richmond? I'm not a mathematician, but it can't be more than a small fraction.
mainstreet December 10, 2012 at 05:16 AM
How many Minnesota commuters do you think work in Wisconsin and use the bridge five days a week? How many Wisconsin residents with cabins use the bridge only several weekends per year that couldn't also use the bridge in Osceola or Taylors Falls? Just how many cabins do you think there are in Forest Lake or Lino Lakes? or maybe Ely? I'm not a mathematician, but it is more than you think. Use your brain. Yeah. It benefits all whether you want to believe it or not.

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