Stillwater Lift Bridge opens for bicycle/pedestrian traffic at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — After nearly three years of extensive repairs and restoration, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will open the Stillwater Lift Bridge to bicycle and pedestrian traffic at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. Although the project was originally expected to be complete last summer, high floodwaters last spring and the discovery a cracked drum in the lift system, along with additional work on the lift span, delayed its completion.
Crews installed new drums and ring and pinion gears on the lift bridge in early May. Workers finished adjusting and fine-tuning the bridge’s lift mechanism before the Memorial Day weekend and newly hired bridge tenders finished their training this week. The lift span has been in use for St. Croix River boat traffic.
When it opens next week, the lift bridge will be part of a 4.7 mile bicycle/pedestrian “loop trail” system connecting the new St. Croix Crossing river bridge with the historic lift bridge and other regional trails. When the lift bridge opens Monday morning, the 2020 lift schedule will go into effect to accommodate boat navigation on the St. Croix River.
Transformation of the lift bridge to a bicycle/pedestrian crossing began in August 2017. Restoration work included repairing steel, painting, upgrading the electrical and mechanical system, installing decorative lights and rebuilding the concourse area to restore the lift bridge to its original 1931 look.
Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.