Stillwater lift bridge closes
It is now much harder to get across the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Stillwater lift bridge is shut down for a $5 million repair project that will keep the span closed until Halloween.
Folks needing to cross the river are being sent on a 15-mile detour through Hudson, Wisconsin, and across the river on Interstate 94.
The aging bridge is used by an estimated 16,000 motorists every day. The additional traffic was slowing traffic on parts of Interstate 94 Monday morning.
Lunda Construction Company will handle the repair work.
Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater often responds to calls on the Wisconsin side of the river. For the next three months, the hospital will put an additional ambulance in Somerset, Wisconsin, so paramedics can respond to calls there faster.
The hospital had to hire ten new employees, at a cost of $114,000 to make that happen.
"If we don't put an ambulance over there, it would take us roughly 30 minutes to respond on calls, and we can't do that in an emergency situation," says Jon Muller, EMS Director for Lakeview Hospital.
Boat traffic won't be affected.
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