St. Croix bridge bill could get a Senate committee vote next week

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee could consider Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s bill to authorize the construction of a new St. Croix River bridge as early as next week.

The bill is one of 32 pieces of legislation on the committee’s agenda for next Thursday’s meeting. A spokesman told the Star Tribune that doesn’t necessarily guarantee a vote on the bill, but should it receive a vote, there appears to be enough bipartisan support to pass it — a subcommittee heard testimony on the legislation in July and gave generally favorable opinions on the project.

The legislation would allow for the construction of a new $700 million bridge spanning the St. Croix River in Stillwater. An identical House bill, sponsored by Michele Bachmann, is awaiting action by the full House of Representatives.

A bipartisan group of state and federal elected officials from both Minnesota and Wisconsin support the bill. Its most vocal critic is Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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