On Monday, a bipartisan bill that would allow the St. Croix River bridge project to move forward was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate and will now face a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill, which had bipartisan support and was cosponsored by Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, of Minnesota, and Herb Kohl, of Wisconsin, also has the support of both Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
“This is a milestone for the St. Croix bridge project,” said Klobuchar in a statement following the bill’s passage. “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the St. Croix River Valley deserve a safe, more efficient alternative to the current 80 year-old lift bridge, which is outdated for the needs of the region.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.”
This past summer, Klobuchar and Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of the bipartisan legislation and emphasized the importance of the project to the community.
“After years of delay, I’m pleased that we’re a step closer to jump starting the St. Croix bridge project. For people in the Western part of our state, this infrastructure project will create jobs and improve travel efficiency and safety,” Kohl said.