ROSEVILLE, Minn. - After nearly three months of being closed the Stillwater Lift Bridge will reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge rehabilitation projectbegan July 9. The bridge itself has been closed to traffic since Sept. 10.

Due to mild and dry weather conditions over the past week electrical crews were able to get the final portion of the project completed ahead of schedule.

The project focused on repairing steel connections, replacing and repairing mechanical and electrical components, repairing concrete surfaces, repairing floor beams, painting portions of the bridge and replacing guardrail, curb and gutter.

While the repairs were being made motorists who use the Stillwater Bridge as part of their commute were forced to take significant detours up or down river, costing them time and money in the form of additional fuel.

The project was originally slated to be completed in late December. Eventually, the old Stillwater Bridge will be designated to carry only bicycle and foot traffic once the big St. Croix Crossing project is completed.

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