U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s bipartisan legislation to allow the St. Croix River bridge project to move forward passed the House of Representatives on March 1st, and will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Klobuchar led the effort to pass the bill in the Senate in January
The House version of the bill was sponsored by U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and supported by U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Chip Cravaack (R-MN), and Sean Duffy (R-WI).
“After thirty years of debate and delay, we finally got it done,” said Klobuchar. “Today is a victory for the residents and businesses along the St. Croix River Valley who have waited long enough for a safe, new bridge. This effort is an example of what can get done when people put politics aside and do what is best for our state. I appreciate the work of my colleagues in the House and Senate as well as Governor Dayton who helped get this project over the finish line.”
Included in the legislation is a package of mitigation efforts to protect the St. Croix River that were developed by consulting the Department of Transportation and National Park Service in 2006 by the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources to help promote scenic and recreational values of the St. Croix River
As the bridge has aged, closings for structural and vehicle collision repairs and maintenance inspections have increased.