Electrical malfunction “suspends” Highway 36 Stillwater Lift bridge, operations
Repairs underway, bridge expected to resume normal operations by 8 p.m.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – A malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage at the Stillwater lift bridge failed this afternoon and abruptly disrupted the scheduled noon lift on the bridge spanning the St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater The lift span of the bridge was on its downward journey at approximately 12:05 p.m. today when the meter socket failed and cut electricity to the bridge. The bridge stopped about 30 feet above the water, 3/4 of the way up and remains in that position. (The entire span lifts a total of 42 feet).
Following the electrical failure, MnDOT Electrical Services Section employees and Xcel Energy crews responded to the bridge and are currently making repairs at the bridge’s electrical service panel. The main service panel is located on land at the west end of the bridge. Repairs are expected to be complete by 8 p.m. and once the bridge is tested, the regular lift schedule will resume. The bridge operator who has been stuck on the bridge will finish his shift and the night shift operator will begin his duties.
Upon completion and opening of the new St. Croix River Crossing bridge in early August, the historic lift bridge will close for repairs. Once completed in 2019, the bridge will be transformed in to a bicycle/pedestrian crossing as part of a loop trail linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. The bridge will better serve pedestrians and bicyclists in the city of Stillwater. The structure will continue to lift to accommodate marine traffic on the river beneath.
NOTE: Further information will follow once the bridge resumes operation this evening.