Via the Minnesota Department of Transportation:
Work continues on the Stillwater Lift Bridge to transform it to a pedestrian and bicycle facility that will be a part of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Loop Trail.
With the removal of Stillwater Lift Bridge span #6 (east of the lift span) on July 27, St. Croix River traffic will now be able to move unimpeded up and down the St. Croix River through the rest of the boating season.
Span #6, located two spans east of the lift section, was removed to allow for work on the lift span. The repairs and repainting will require us to keep the lift span closed and not allow for regularly scheduled lifts. The span will remain anchored just east of the newly created channel through the bridge until mid-November.
Please note: While the span is removed, the channel through the bridge and the construction area around the lift bridge is a slow, no-wake zone. And all boat traffic is now required to use the new opening only.
Once the span is moved back in to place later this fall, the lift bridge will revert to the schedule for lifts outside of the regular lifting season, i.e., from Oct. 15 to May 15. During that time, the bridge will be raised upon 24-hour notice. Requests can be made by dialing 651-234-7110.
More about this project
This conversion project is part of the St. Croix Crossing Project. The converted lift bridge will also become part of a 5-mile “loop trail” system connecting the new river crossing bridge up with the historic bridge and other local trails.
It will reopen for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only and lift for boats in June of 2019.
Visit the project website for more information, including the 2018 Lift Bridge lift schedule, at: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/liftbridge/.