St. Croix County, Wis., positioning for prosperity new bridge will bring

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2014 - 7:19 AM

Communities on both sides of the river are anticipating major economic growth.

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mattaudioFeb. 9, 14 9:17 PM

Growth? Yes, for developers. Value? No, especially not for the public. It would have been more cost effective to pay every commuter $5 to cross at Hudson every single time for the entire lifecycle of this bridge.

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redqidFeb. 9, 14 9:34 PM

“That bridge is going to become a landmark as much as the Golden Gate Bridge is.” --- Really? Have you seen the Golden Gate bridge? The towers are almost as high as the IDS. The main span is 4200 feet, and the whole bridge is almost 9000 feet. It is an amazing, iconic bridge.

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Mplsuptown1Feb. 9, 14 9:37 PM

Brady's Brewhouse is great. Great beer, great food and great staff. Definitely the best place in town.

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aarghmebuckoFeb. 9, 14 9:43 PM

Why in the world would MN support a bridge that promotes people working in MN but living and paying taxes WI?

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mrknowitallFeb. 9, 14 9:46 PM

Just what all bucolic countryside needs -- a massive new bridge, and the ensuing growth and development. Every pristine stretch of countryside needs a few new subdivisions full of ugly McMansions and a shiny new matching McDonalds.

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wileyrulesFeb. 9, 1410:06 PM

Wait till Walker closes three lanes in each direction on a Friday night.

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nsfFeb. 9, 1410:19 PM

Ah, life in the exurbs. Shoddily built houses surrounded by soul-less chain restaurants and stores. In 5 years when gas is $5.00/gallon (as it should be now), there will bewoe-is-me stories about underwater mortgages and expensive commutes. Livin' the dream, I tell you. Just think about about how many cycle tracks in the core cities that silly bridge could have funded.

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brainerdguyFeb. 9, 1410:21 PM

"“I would expect an almost immediate increase of traffic going across the new bridge,”"

I think he might be onto something!!!

An increase from zero cars across the new bridge now, to.....!!!!!

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arspartzFeb. 9, 1410:57 PM

Why in the world would MN support a bridge that promotes people working in MN but living and paying taxes WI?

Perhaps because the COMPANY pays a great deal of taxes? Perhaps another employer might open on the east side of the bridge and employ people from both states?

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donm251Feb. 9, 1411:45 PM

re: nsf - The Twin Cities area consists of 3.2 million residents. Mpls/St Paul proper consist of a little more than 700K residents or less than 25% of the metro population. Most people don't commute to either city because the majority of jobs are not located in either city.

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