State transportation officials have rejected a St. Croix bridge proposal that had been put forth as an alternative by those opposed to building a new a $690 million freeway-style bridge south of Stillwater.
The alternative plan called for a three-lane bridge very close to the existing Stillwater Lift Bridge, which is aging and causes great congestion in downtown Stillwater.
The freeway bridge still needs approval from Congress but is supported by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Gov. Mark Dayton and much of the Washington contingents from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Environmentalists and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, though, oppose the big-bridge plan.
The Star Tribune says today that a MnDOT review finds the alternative is very close to another plan it had rejected years ago, that it would disrupt historic properties, take too long to get built and isn’t much cheaper than the Bachmann-supported bridge.