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Stillwater bridge meetings set

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation will hold two informational meetings to update the public on the St. Croix River Crossing project.

Both meetings will follow the same format with an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Staff members from Mn/DOT and WisDOT and consultant staff will be on hand to address questions and share information about the project status. Comment cards will also be provided for attendees to submit written statements. There will be no formal presentations.

The Wisconsin open house is set for Thursday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m. at Somerset High School, 645 Sunset Drive, Somerset.

The Minnesota meeting will be Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd. N., Stillwater, Minn.

Next steps for the project include the development of the bridge design and construction criteria in preparation for a 2013 letting. To accomplish this, the project team will be performing technical studies to analyze the bridge depicted in the Visual Quality Manual, examining the constructability of the structure and developing detailed construction cost estimates.

Additional information about the project is available from Amber Blanchard, 651-366-4529, Todd Clarkowski, 651-234-7714 at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Paul Conlin, 715-833-5364 at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.