St. Croix bridge construction starts with a roar

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 11, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Clear-cutting of an abandoned neighborhood and the restoration of a scenic outlook now are in full swing as preparation for the new St. Croix bridge begins.

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Willy53May. 12, 13 6:29 AM

Nesting eagles can tolerate quite a bit of distrubance but the noise will eventually drive them out. An iconic bridge is in the eye of the beholder. The St. Croix Valley did not need the largest and most freeway type bridge that money could buy. That is the opposite of what this Wild and Scenic River should have recieved in a crossing. Eventually, when the King Plan is deconstructed the size and scope of this project will be a bit odd. The environmental wonder that lies beneath the surface waters of the St. Croix River, namely one of the healthiest river populations of mussells in the world, has been placed at risk in many different ways. The bridge will be handy for Wisconsin residents and I hope Stillwater businesses reap rewards from less traffic through town but the span will never be iconic. An eyesore, yes, but never iconic. MNDOT must think they have to extend their propoganda from bridge advocacy to extoling the wonders of construction. I hope the information they send to schools is more accurate and truthful than the information and simulations they used to sell the project.

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brdrbattlguyMay. 13, 13 1:44 PM

@Willy53 - "yawwwwwwn" As for the project being in full swing, HOORAY!!

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cama1May. 14, 13 4:28 AM

The bridge is a monstrosity.

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eddie55431May. 14, 13 5:44 PM

The eagles will be fine. They adapt and move if they consider the surroundings unacceptable. A couple of Summers ago they were building a bridge in northern Wisconsin and were forced to stop because the DNR spotted an eagles nest near the construction and were afraid the activity would disturb it's nesting......until one of the local construction workers sent the DNR a photo of an eagle sitting on a partially finished abutment as the workers were building it! Wildlife adapts, wildlife experts are the ones who have a problem adapting.

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antisuburbsMay. 16, 1311:05 AM

I'm glad that us taxpayers in MN could help get the wisconsin developers rich off of creating unsustainable sprawl across the border. Just wait till Stillwater turns into just another ghost town bypassed by a freeway, only then will you realize your mistake.

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