Senate passes Amy Klobuchar’s Stillwater bridge bill unanimously.
Of course, it’s not a done deal, especially with the lingering opposition from Representatives McCollum & Ellison, but think about that word “unanimous.” When was the last time anything passed either house of Congress without a single dissenting vote?
Senator Klobuchar’s success winning not just bi-partisan support but a unanimous vote to move the “St. Croix River Crossing Authorization Act” forward signals two key facts:
- The Senate understands that with the support of the two Governors and four U.S. Senators from both Minnesota & Wisconsin, as well as the two U.S. Representatives in the directly affected districts, this long-studied project should move forward without delay, and
- Minnesota’s senior U.S. Senator is respected as an honest, trustworthy elected leader by her peers, who rarely support any spending unanimously.
“This is a milestone for the St. Croix bridge project. The residents and businesses in Stillwater and along the St. Croix River Valley deserve a safe, more efficient alternative to the current 80 year-old lift bridge, which is outdated for the needs of the region.
I hope the House will now take action and pass this critical legislation so that we can move forward and build this bridge.”
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
Motor vehicle traffic crossing the St. Croix River at Stillwater is handled by a decrepit yet historic “Lift Bridge” that causes frequent congestion & delays while allowing boats to pass Stillwater unimpeded beneath the aging landmark. The structure is dangerously decayed, and studies show that new alternative favored by Representatives Ellison & Mccollum features both a higher-than-advertised price tag and a greater impact on the ecology and environment of the St. Croix river than the long-planned, well-studied plan featured in Klobuchar’s St. Croix River Crossing Authorization Act and a companion bill working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.
“A lot of people’s hard work made this possible, but I especially want to thank Senator Klobuchar for her tireless leadership. I urge the House to act quickly on this legislation so we can finally get this bridge built.”
U. S. Senator for Minnesota
Mitigation measures included in both bills were agreed to over five (5) years ago by the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources. The mitigation includes removal of existing man-made structures, restoring park land and ensuring public boat access, while protecting river bluff lands – enhancing the scenic and recreational values of the St. Croix River in the project area.