With legislation to build a new $700 million bridge across the St. Croix River now awaiting floor votes in both the U.S. House and Senate, top officials in Washington are set to discuss the proposal on Wednesday, MPR says.
The bridge would replace the aging lift bridge in Stillwater — which contributes to congestion in downtown Stillwater — with a new freeway-style bridge just south of Stillwater, which would hook up with the existing Hwy. 36 that goes west towards the Twin Cities.
The story says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will meet with the Minnesota and Wisconsin congressional delegations on Wednesday. Also invited: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the governors of the two states. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will send a representative.
While Dayton and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have pushed hard to get the bridge built, environmental groups oppose it, as do many “no-tax” groups, who think the cost is too high.
And Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Congressman Keith Ellison and 30 state legislators from the two states have come out strongly against it.