WASHINGTON — Supporters of a new bridge spanning the St. Croix River in Stillwater say they’ve got the Obama administration’s backing.
The Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing said Thursday that bridge supporters spoke with both Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley about the bridge last week. Both officials affirmed their support for the project.
Per a press release:
In response to a question from [Oak Park Heights City Councilmember Mary] McComber during his presentation to the group, LaHood said that President Obama and his administration are well aware of the St. Croix River Crossing and are committed to getting it done.
“Secretary LaHood said, ‘I know about your project. I know what the problem is. I am committed to getting it done. The President is committed to getting it done,’” McComber stated.
After LaHood spoke of his commitment to the St. Croix River Crossing, Councilmember McComber spoke directly with Daley, who reiterated LaHood and President Obama’s support for the project.
“Secretary LaHood and Bill Daley both said that the St. Croix River Crossing is a top priority for President Obama, and he is committed to moving the project forward,” said Councilmember McComber. “Having the support of the administration is crucial as we work with our elected officials in Washington to secure approval for this bridge.”
Pending legislation would allow the construction of a new $700 million bridge. A House committee approved the plan in October. It has bipartisan support among some members of the Minnesota and Wisconsin congressional delegations.
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