Endowment to keep historic Stillwater Lift Bridge going

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2014 - 8:06 PM

The Stillwater span, now with an endowment, will carry walkers once a new four-lane bridge opens in ’16.

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Willy53Feb. 26, 14 5:46 AM

One of the great con jobs with the new mega bridge is that there will be a hiking trail that crosses the river in companion with a multilane freeway. Viewing platforms 150' above the river are redundant. Both in Wisconsin and Stillwater (in Pioneer Park and the South Hill overlooks) there are viewing platforms that offer higher and better sweeping panaramas of the river without the deafening noise and vibrations of freeway bridge traffic within twenty feet of the viewer and also, at present,without the view of an obscenely large bridge dominating the entire Valley and disrupting what was once an iconic scene in Minnesota. (The King Plant will of course be decommissioned in the next decade or so and will further enhance the preservation of the St. Croix). Unfortunately, with the bridge the hiking and enjoyment of bluffs and trails around Stillwater will be degraded, unless you like to hike in proximity to noise and freeways. No, the hiking trail was always a bogus selling point of the nearly one billion dollar project. The Stillwater bridge mysteriously and suddenly went from being ready to fall in the water to "in great shape" accrding to this article. Had we known how easily it could be restored (Those who had the true facts tried to make people understand this) we wouldn't have had to listen to the drumbeat from Wisconsin and Stillwater that the Lift Bridge was ready to collapse like the 35W freeway span. Unbelievable.

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