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Bachmann: St. Croix Bridge bill scheduled for a vote

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill authorizing the construction of a new bridge over the St. Croix River and could act on it as early as Wednesday, according to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office.

Last week, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton set a March 15 deadline for final approval of the $700 million bridge project, warning that previously appropriated funds for the bridge would expire if construction does not get underway soon. The Senate unanimously approved the bridge project in January, and a House committee signed off on the project last fall.

Monday night, House leadership put the bill on this week’s calandar. They intend to consider it under a procedural rule that will require a two-thirds vote from the House.

“I look forward to this vote and I thank leadership for bringing this up,” Bachmann said in a statement. “I am confident now, 20 years after plans were drawn for the St. Croix River Crossing Project, we will finally see it brought to a successful resolution.”

Bachmann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar have been the leading supporters of a new bridge, which would replace an aging span in Stillwater. Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum, whose congressional district will soon include Stillwater, opposes the project and has backed a less expensive replacement bridge.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tom Clark on 02/28/2012 - 11:10 am.

    The “sensible” bridge isn’t less expensive

    because it doesn’t include additional costs for right-of-way or frontage roads that would need to be constructed that MnDoT’s preferred alternative doesn’t require. The cost would be more like $100 million less for a less adequate bridge that would have a greater environmental and visual impact. That’s why during the last go-round of this decades-long process a virtually identical proposal (alternative E) was rejected in favor of the bridge that’s now up for a vote in Congress.

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