With legislation now introduced in the U.S. Senate — as well as the House — to get a new bridge over the St. Croix River south of Stillwater — Gov. Mark Dayton is thanking those responsible for getting things rolling.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced legislation in the Senate on Friday, which was supported by the rest of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Senate delegations, Al Franken, Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson. Rep. Michele Bachmann had earlier introduced a bridge plan in the House.
“I thank Senator Klobuchar for her tremendous efforts in building Senate support for this important legislation, authorizing the construction of the badly-needed Stillwater Bridge. I salute her for her outstanding leadership and applaud her success. I also thank Senator Franken for his support of this legislation in the Senate, and Representative Bachmann for her important leadership on this legislation in the House of Representatives.”
Klobuchar said much work remains on the bridge plan: “I will continue to work with federal, state, and local officials to replace the 80-year-old bridge while making sure we include important safeguards to protect the beauty of the St. Croix river.”
All four senators worked on the new bridge plan, Klobuchar’s office said, and:
“… consulted the Department of Transportation and National Park Service on the legislation which also contains a package of mitigation efforts to protect the scenic St. Croix River.
“These measures were agreed to in 2006 by the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources. The mitigation plan would help promote scenic and recreational values of the St. Croix River by eliminating existing man-made structures, protecting river bluff lands, park land restoration, and ensuring public boat access.”