Minn. and Wis. legislators urge Congress to vote against St. Croix bridge
Thirty Minnesota and Wisconsin state legislators signed a letter urging their congressional delegations to vote against construction of a nearly $700 million bridge across the St. Croix River near Stillwater.
“It is particularly striking when one considers that no new net economic development would occur if this massive bridge were to be built,” Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) said in a statement. “On the contrary, this bridge would divert jobs and revitalization investments anticipated for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.”
A less expensive option is supported by Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-Minn.), while Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and all four U.S. senators from both states support the more expensive option.
The more expensive bridge would also violate a section of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.