Project managers for new St. Croix River bridge to be announced

STILLWATER, Minn. -- Just two days after the U.S House passed legislation green lighting a new bridge over the St. Croix River, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Sean Duffy toured the old Stillwater lift bridge Saturday with much to celebrate.

After decades of debate the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the bill in January.
The House followed two months later with a super majority approval.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann led the charge in the House.

"We knew if it was going to get done we had to do it now. And we knew that the window of opportunity was very very short," Bachmann said.

The bill is still waiting for the President's signature but everyone involved said chances of it clearing the White House are very high.

"The bridge over trouble waters is no long troubled," Klobuchar said joked.

Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner Tom Sorel said as soon as President Obama signs the bill they're ready to move forward.

"We'll introduce the management team to the community and really define what they can expect to see over the next several months and then the next several years as we deliver the project," Sorel said.

Sorel expects to host an open house for the public to meet his project management team in the next seven to ten days. That team will be responsible for retiring the old Stillwater lift bridge and building the new one.

The nearly $700 million dollar bridge will be built a few miles south of where the Stillwater bridge sits now. It will be a four lane bridge and will be funded by both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Construction isn't expected to start until 2014. When it does start Sorel said this will be one of the biggest projects to hit the state.


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