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Friday, June 8, 2007

Sierra Club sues to stop new bridge

The Star Tribune has reported that the Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit earlier this week to stop the Minnesota Department of Transportation's proposed four-lane bridge across the St. Croix River. The Sierra Club claims the project violates the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which is designed to protect much of the waterway from development.


The proposed $484 million bridge would be built about a mile south of Stillwater's lift bridge, diverting thousands of commuters out of Stillwater's historic downtown and routing them through Oak Park Heights instead.


The debate over a new bridge has been ongoing for two decades. The Sierra Club stopped a similar proposal 11 years ago.


Anyone who has driven through Stillwater on a nice summer day knows how jammed up the route gets, and thus how long it can take to get through the downtown area. No one wants to disturb the beauty of the St. Croix River -- and no one wants to waste a tank of gas just trying to get into or through Stillwater. There must be a solution to this dilemma. Isn't it time for both sides to sit down together and figure it out?

1 comment:

PheistyBlog said...

" There must be a solution to this dilemma. Isn't it time for both sides to sit down together and figure it out? "

They've been sitting down 'figuring it out' for twenty years! The last 'figuring it out' session was last November, when the Feds actually had to come in and help them sort things out.

A tyrannical minority is attempting to shut down the interests of the majority.

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