Condemnations among land purchases for new St. Croix River bridge

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Wisconsin agency spent $1.68 million to buy right of way for a new highway. Work on the Washington County side of the project now is in full swing.

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heckyousayFeb. 22, 14 7:05 PM

I understand Mr. Gillstrom's complaint, but the reality is that government is obligated to pay for the land being purchased, not for the vision of what the land MIGHT be 5 or 10 or 15 years from now. Much like when I buy a car, I want to pay for the Corolla I'm actually buying, I don't want to pay for the Corvette I would LIKE to buy in 10 years. I don't think the taxpayers would like that idea either.

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Willy53Feb. 23, 14 7:19 AM

I'm not so sure I'd call those interchanges and frontage roads on 36 in Stillwater "out dated". I believe that new intersections will have longer stop lights and be even more frustrating for residents. The new intersections are part of the legacy of the new bridge which will give Stillwater more of an Apple Valley or Eagan look. Amazingly, MNDOT would have created ramped interchanges with no stop lights and displaced 60% of the businesses on the 36 strip had they been granted their wish but even Mayor Haryski knew that would be disastrous for both himself and Stillwater.

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FrankLFeb. 23, 14 8:44 AM

Wiley53, that is because MNDOT does not know how to build compact. Other areas of the country put in overpasses on a lot less land than what MNDOT needs. This is why these projects get so expensive.

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