Work begins soon on St. Croix River bridge

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 5, 2013 - 10:33 PM

Initial construction on approach roads for the $676 million project is to start in April.

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alansonFeb. 5, 13 8:50 PM

I don't want to hear another complaint about "sprawl" from the DFL stalwarts who championed this boondoggle. I don' want to hear another moan about budgetary responsibility from the Republican self-appointed guardians of the fisc who supported this bridge to nowhere - especially Michele Bachmann.

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groover6Feb. 5, 13 9:50 PM

Progress!! I just hope the DFL and unions do not turn this into another Lowry Ave Bridge public works project.

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buskahFeb. 6, 13 4:24 AM

This bridge will be marvelous! I will finally be able to visit a Stillwater that isn't packed with backed up traffic. It will be great when I visit family & friends on the Wisconsin side of the river.

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Willy53Feb. 6, 13 6:09 AM

Gary Kriesel has never understood the issues involved with this bridge and his comments are the stuff of fantasy. The new bridge will not attract more tourists. The appeal of Stillwater and the St. Croix Valley derives from the historical, cultural and relatively undisturbed natural beauty protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. A huge megabridge will not increase the appeal of Stillwater to tourists. To the contrary, the presence of such a dominating modern symbol of modernity will detract from the charm of the area. Kriesel has been advocating for years that we need to spend nearly a billion dollars on a bridge and connecting roadways because ambulances are sometimes caught up with the operation of the Lift Bridge. Kriesel, a so called fiscal conservative, has found the most expensive solution to Stillwater's relatively minor transportation problems that he could possibly imagine: a huge bridge designed for a major traffic corridor that doesn't exist. The bridge is just the beginning of this obscenely expensive project. Upgrades to HW 36 will now be required of municipalities and counties all the way to Roseville. Meanwhile, Stillwater and the St. Croix Valley, once protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, will be violated by one of the larges public works projects (certainly the largest bridge project) in Minnesota history. Frac sand truck haulers and increased traffic levels will fill the valley with noise, pollution, and......sprawl. That does not attract toursits. While the rest of the metro has already begun solving their traffic congestion problems with 21st century solutions, Stillwater and Washington County have turned back the clock to a build a budget hogging monument to the unwise transportation policies of the past.

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mattaudioFeb. 6, 13 7:58 AM

We can't afford this. We can't even afford to maintain our existing infrastructure, which is underfunded by $1-2 billion/year, so we should not be adding more infrastructure to that pile which introduces future liabilities. This bridge will serve 9,000 vehicles a day, or about ten million vehicles over a 30 year maintenance amortization. This bridge is expected to cost $680 million (not counting the indirect costs for future needs on 36 west of Stillwater).... that means we're giving a $68 subsidy for every vehicle that drives over this bridge. $136 subsidy per day for someone using it to commute. Even if you contend that this bridge will last 90 years without a dollar spent on maintenance/replacement, it will still cost $22 for every vehicle that uses that bridge, every single vehicle for 90 years. We can't afford this.

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lakeelmo99Feb. 6, 13 8:18 AM

How about fixing our current bridge infrastructure congress? Totally unnecessary. 94 is just down the road. Taxpayers should be outraged as every state has one of these $500,000,000 white elephants.

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EWernerFeb. 6, 13 9:09 AM

We are building a bridge to allow Wisconsin residents to be able to commute to work in the Twin Cities with greater ease. I am not impressed. Lets make this thing a toll bridge please.

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fourthand8thFeb. 6, 13 1:20 PM

Hooray, our own bridge to nowhere!

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thissucks3Feb. 7, 13 9:47 AM

"We are building a bridge to allow Wisconsin residents to be able to commute to work in the Twin Cities with greater ease. I am not impressed. Lets make this thing a toll bridge please." Wisconsin residents who pay taxes and spend money in Minnesota, by the way... Thanks for the bridge! It will sure make my commute way faster!

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mdcastleFeb. 7, 1312:59 PM

People complain about not fixing the traffic problems (witness the comments about I-494 in Plymouth and Hiawatha Ave. People complain when traffic problems are fixed, as will be by this bridge. What do you do?? As far as Stillwater being attractive to tourists, I'll probably visit a lot more when I can walk down Main street without choking on the exhaust of all the cars jammed up trying to get across the bridge.

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