Signs of things to come with St. Croix bridge work

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2012 - 12:58 PM

Heavy equipment will be moving into the St. Croix River Valley to begin testing for bridge piers, the first concrete evidence of the looming construction project.

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Willy53Apr. 14, 12 9:38 AM

The massive piers that will eventually land near these pilings will sit on the highest population of endangered mussels in Minnesota. The St. Croix, known for its native populations that are both rear and relatively healthy, will be placed at risk by the pier placement and the construction process. This is just one of the environmental impacts that will be brought on by the mega bridge construction. Preserving mussel populations in the St. Croix was a benefit of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which has been circumvented by the bridge legislation. Protecting these populations simultaneously improves water quality which has recently been challenged in Lake St. Croix by typical runnoff pollutants. The bridge will only exacerbate this type of water pollution while placing native mussel populations at risk. The proposal to move these beds is risky and not guaranteed to be successful.

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hhrrebekaApr. 16, 12 1:51 PM

The mussels will be fine. There's plenty of river to share.

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saintcroixApr. 17, 12 7:47 AM

The sound of pile driving is nothing compared to the sound of 65-mph freeway traffic that will be heard 24/7 by Stillwater's South Hill residents and beyond. That sound will never turn off once this boondoggle is built.

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antisuburbsApr. 17, 1210:20 AM

that's a really nice bridge to nowhere

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hayfordolearyApr. 18, 12 8:11 AM

I can't imagine anyone's going to be really enjoying those "pedestrian lookouts" with four lanes of traffic going 55-65 mph. Anyone who's ridden across the 55 mph Mendota Bridge can attest to how unpleasant and noisy it is, even with a concrete barrier from traffic. Even with incredible views of the Minnesota River valley, I've never stopped to spend more time on the bridge than I had to. That's not to say they shouldn't have included the path or lookouts, but I think their aesthetic promotion of them is misleading. Let's be honest: this is a big, nasty, expressway bridge. Any aesthetic value is tacked on at the end.

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maryjoboApr. 18, 12 8:54 AM

IMHO, the new St. Croix River bridge will be a monstrosity! Look at the scale of that thing compared to the existing Stillwater bridge and the Hudson bridge. Does that make any sense to you??? In 2030, the Hudson bridge is expected to carry 120,000 cars per day and the new bridge (that will be nearly 3 times taller) will be carrying 48,000 cars per day.

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peanutmanApr. 19, 12 9:25 AM

An Entitlement project for Bachmann...nothing else.

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canonballApr. 21, 1211:49 AM

The building of this bridge is long overdue. I remember when they talked about in in the 1980s. This was back in the day when there was a great store near or on main street in Stillwater that sold the best brautwurst. Everyone is sick of the lift bridge lifting when they want to get some where. I was sick of the lift bridge in Duluth hanging me up when I finished my weekend army guard drills in the 1990s. Lift bridges are antiquated. Build the bridge so Stillwater isn't backed up for miles.

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