Dayton: St. Croix bridge plan has March deadline

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 21, 2012 - 11:45 PM

Pressing Rep. Michele Bachmann, the governor says funds might be redirected if project is not approved.

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bandit135Feb. 21, 1211:12 PM

this needs to be bulit now, the current one is very under sized for traffic loads and looks unsafe. Seems like a no brainer this needs to happen

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aonealphaFeb. 22, 12 4:14 AM

If Representative Betty McCollum will represent the area and opposes the bridge, why would the house pass the funding for it? I do not believe things work that way in congress.

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justsayinFeb. 22, 12 5:53 AM

This is silly. You could close the bridge, give each commuter a new map with directions to I94, and give them each $35,000 for a new car (or 2). Tax payers would still come out way ahead with HALF THE COST and no mega-bridge to maintain for eternity.

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justsayinFeb. 22, 12 5:59 AM

According to MNDOT: "The primary reason the lift bridge is termed 'structurally deficient' is because it is subject to flooding that can close the crossing ... it does not imply that it is unsafe" /// So let's put the 'unsafe' rumor to bed, shall we?

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Willy53Feb. 22, 12 6:08 AM

The warts surrounding the promotion and reality of this obscenely large infrastructure project on a minor commuting corridor are now being exposed, one by one. It would be Bachman's first legislative accomplishment if it passed and has exposed her embarrassing lack of skill, experience and influence in her caucus. Furthermore, the obvious pork component of such an unnecessarily large project has given her colleagues pause, fearing election year politics will haunt them after voting for this fiscally irresponsible and budget hogging megabridge. With so many bridges in worse condition and with much more traffic in major corridors needing replacement and repair this bridge actually places more people and infrastructure at risk by delaying more worthwhile projects. And ultimately, the legislation if passed by the House must come before the Transportation Secretary who has asked for a compromise and the Interior Secretary who rightly warns of the demise of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act if this precedent for an exemption is allowed. Buyers remorse is already setting in for Governor Dayton who now realizes the damage a budget hog of this proportion will inflict upon his state. Meanwhile, the mayor and council of Stillwater, unable to comprehend the bridge's fiscal, environmental and business impact on their own city, continue to throw taxpayer money at an illegal infrastructure poorly conceived in the 20th century for a 21st century reality. Allow this awful project to die a just death.

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DanielsonFeb. 22, 12 7:10 AM

The $700 milliion dollar bridge to Houlton (pop. 300), strip clubs, farm land and Somerset, WI, is really a farce. The traffic needs only to go 6 miles up the road to I-94. Save the $700 million or use it to fix many of the deficient bridges in the state of MN.

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formergopFeb. 22, 12 7:13 AM

Bachman was too busy running around promoting herself to see this bill thru. Now the tax payers of district 6 have to spend more money on lobbyists to do bachmanns job. The state should send Bachman a bill for reimbursement.

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TeddyWelshFeb. 22, 12 7:37 AM

Danielson and Justsayin. The argument that you can just drive six miles and cross at Hudson doesn't carry a lot of weight with people who work directly across the river. It isn't just six miles for them. To go to Houlton from Stillwater over the current bridge is less than one mile and takes just a few minutes. Driving to Stillwater thru Hudson adds eleven miles and about 45 minutes to the trip. It is obvious why the stores and companies in Stillwater are supporting the new bridge. They stand to lose a lot of business from Wisconsinites who would just shop in Hudson if the current bridge is closed and no new bridge built.

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DanielsonFeb. 22, 12 8:27 AM

Teddy, you must mean the numerous jobs that Minnesotans have in Houlton, right. I forgot what an industrial giant that Houlton, WI is, and how Minnesotans depend on that community of 300, to the point of needing a $700 million dollar bridge.

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brokenglassFeb. 22, 12 9:28 AM

As with Dayton's fake deadline on the Vikings stadium, Dayton's deadline for the bridge is also fake. If Congress and the president don't act in the eight sessions prior to March 15, Dayton would be smart to push back his deadline to a later date. Dayton is feckless.

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