It's a hassle now, but Minnesota Department of Transportation
traffic leads are hoping this summer's pain is worth a little bit of
gain, especially when drivers notice what's missing—a slew of traffic
signals along Minnesota Highway 36.
new bridge, according to MnDOT, is expected to carry thousands of more
vehicles per day than the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge.
of the highway at English Street removes a major bottleneck on the
road, MnDOT told the paper. Another removal helps those looking to head
into areas such as Andersen Windows. But five lights will remain,
including a pair in Oakdale.
Rep. Betty McCollum has weighed in,
saying MnDOT should see this summer as a start, but the new bridge will
bring more bottlenecks to both Highway 36 and Interstate 694/494,
something the agency should be better prepared for than what she feels
it is today.