Wisconsin to begin St. Croix River bridge land purchases

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 12:02 AM

New four-lane highway will take cars out of the river valley.

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bandit135Mar. 14, 1310:33 PM

Look what can be done when the gov works. to bad nothing else can get done is washington

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rshacklefordMar. 14, 1311:52 PM

(article quote): "WisDOT also will construct the Wisconsin portion of the loop trail, which will circle over the Lift Bridge, follow some of the new highway in Wisconsin, cross the new bridge and lead back to downtown Stillwater along the river." ---- Earlier in the article, the lift bridge is mentioned as being used as a direct pedestrian and bicycle path (which I like). So, what does the above article quote mean? That a different pathway will need to be followed that does not include the lift bridge's pathway?

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schmuckMar. 14, 1311:56 PM

This is long overdue. In the height of summer this bridge will knock an hour off of the round trip to my cabin in Sconie!!!

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huggybear28Mar. 15, 13 6:07 AM

Wisconsin is doing their work right and builds interchanges right away instead of building stoplights. Minnesota on the other hand is sticking with the stoplights... Another 169/494 all over again.

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mdcastleMar. 15, 13 7:12 AM

As for the stoplights, why doesn't everyone write a letter to the city of Oak Park Heights in general, and the mayor in particular and espress your thanks. They're the ones that repeatedly tried to stop te project, insisted the traffic signals remain (which they can do under Minnesota's unique municipal consent law), insisted Mn/DOT maintain some of their local frontage roads as trunk highways, and that Mn/DOT pay for rebuilding some of their utilities. As for the loop trail, I'm not sure what the confusion is. As the name implies it will go over both bridges and connect the two on either side (although parts of the WI side will be on city streets, not a seperate trail). There's a seperate project to connect the loops trail to the Browns Creeek and Gateway trails, so you will be able to bike from downtown ST. Paul to Wisconsin.

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gopher68Mar. 15, 13 8:09 AM

This whole project is a joke . . . $700 million so a handful of people can cut their commute time to their cabin or from their Country Estates in Wisconsin to their job in Minnesota. Too bad the sequester didn't kill pork like this,

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brdrbattlguyMar. 15, 13 8:11 AM

We in WI ALWAYS do things right. That's why I love living in WI but hate working in MN :)

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lakeelmo99Mar. 15, 13 8:40 AM

This $675,000,000 bridge certainly provides no benefit for Minnesotans but will ease the commute for the 20,000 cheeseheads driving 2 hours to their job in the Metro. Evidently the I94 bridge is unusable for these people? This is simply a fleecing of taxpayers to the highest degree.

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chiefwiggumMar. 15, 13 9:36 AM

This saddens me. We can't maintain the bridges we have, so we drop 2/3 of a billion dollars to build another one. We could have fixed all the deficient bridges in MN with that money, and then some.

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type11Mar. 15, 1310:25 AM

chiefwiggum - At some point all everything costs more to fix than replace. The Stillwater lift bridge passed that point about 25 years ago. And you are crazy if you think you could fix or replace all of the deficient bridges in MN for $338,000,000 (MN's half of the high end estimate). That's right $338 million is the upper range of what MN bill will be for this bridge, not the full $676 million that all of you bridge haters throw around.

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