After Making Temporary Repairs, Stillwater Lift Bridge Reopens to Motor Vehicles

Kelley Brenner

Stillwater Lift Bridge.

MnDOT crews worked through the night, and were able to temporarily repair the Stillwater Lift Bridge to reopen for Wednesday morning’s commute.

The Lift Bridge reopened just before 4:30 a.m. The normal lift schedule also resumed this morning.

The bridge will close again at 10 p.m. tonight to allow crews to make permanent repairs to the bridge’s main power cable. The Lift Bridge will remain closed until 6 a.m. Thursday.

In the case of inclement weather, the permanent repairs will be postponed until Thursday night.

A malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage at the Stillwater lift bridge failed Tuesday afternoon, causing the bridge to stop about 30 feet above the water. The bridge again stalled just before 8:30 p.m. about halfway up during testing after the electric meter socket was repaired.

Workers had to be lowered from the lift span by bucket truck.