MnDOT plans a groundbreaking for the new St. Croix bridge on Tuesday in Stillwater.
The $676 million crossing, already under construction in Oak Park Heights, will connect with Hwy. 36.
The groundbreaking will be at 2:30 p.m. in Stillwater’s Lowell Park, in sight of the aging lift bridge that will be replaced by the new bridge.
Construction of the bridge was delayed by environmental concerns, but a concerted effort by an unlikely coalition that included Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Gov. Mark Dayton provided the political push to make it happen.
The bridge is expected to open in 2016.