Via the Minnesota Department of Transportation:
We plan to raise the lift span of the Stillwater Lift Bridge to allow for boat traffic beginning Fri, March 27 in anticipation of ice-out on the St. Croix River.
We will raise the bridge and lock it in the raised position as repairs to the lift system are still underway. Boats should travel through the lift span and follow any navigational signs posted in the river. Once repairs on the lift span and the rest of the bridge are completed, the bridge will open as part of the loop trail. At the same time, the lift schedule will go into effect.
Transformation of the lift bridge to a bicycle/pedestrian crossing began in August 2017. When completed and opened later this spring, the bridge will be part of a new 4.7 mile loop trail system in Minnesota and Wisconsin that includes the St. Croix River Crossing bridge, and other local and regional trails. We will continue to raise the lift bridge to accommodate boat navigation on the St. Croix River.
Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.