15 March 2012
Legislation enabling construction of the St Croix River Crossing to begin was signed into law yesterday by US president Barack Obama.
The new bridge will cross the St Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Indicative design, August 2011
"Finally, construction can officially begin on this common sense four-lane bridge project,” said Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann. “I have personally been involved with the St. Croix River Crossing project proposal for decades, including while I was a member of the Minnesota State Senate. It finally took Congressional action to allow this project to proceed because of years of frivolous lawsuits and bureaucratic holdups, but I’m pleased we could deliver.”
Construction of the new bridge is expected to begin in 2014 and take about three years to complete. Beginning in summer this year, crews will conduct foundation load tests at the new crossing site and provide bridge designers with critical information about soil conditions under the river to determine how to design the bridge’s foundation.