Grant could speed up bridge project
Construction of a new St. Croix River bridge could start as early as next year if Minnesota secures a federal grant for the project, a Washington County official said.
The county is throwing its support behind a $300 million Minnesota Department of Transportation grant request for the long-delayed project. County commissioners on Tuesday approved a letter of support for the request. A grant would come through the federal economic stimulus package approved earlier this year.
The project is one of five on a list state transportation officials are submitting for consideration.
Assistant County Engineer Wayne Sandberg said grants will range from $20 million to $300 million. If a grant is awarded for the bridge project, construction could begin as early as fall 2010. Without the grant, he said, construction is planned for 2013.
The project is estimated at $600 million. The cost is to be split among Minnesota, Wisconsin and the federal government.
"The project is a vital part of infrastructure in the regional transportation system, and will generate jobs and spur economic development upon its completion," commissioners wrote.
A Sierra Club lawsuit seeking to block bridge construction is pending.