In case you haven’t noticed, the Stillwater Lift Bridge began its summer lift schedule today.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced the switch to the summer schedule this morning (April 22).
The Lift Bridge will lift every hour on the hour from 8 to 11 a.m.; every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 10 p.m.; as well as at 4 and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.
On weekends and federal holidays, the bridge will lift every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; every 30 minutes from 8 to 9 a.m.; and again from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The bridge will be lifted only if marine traffic is present. The summer lift schedule is in effect until Oct. 15.
The Lift Bridge is staffed full time from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends and holidays. Special requests for lifts may also be made after 10 p.m. on weekdays and after midnight on weekends and holidays with a two-hour notice.
To make a special request, call MnDOT’s dispatcher at 651-234-7110.
Starting in fall 2016, the Lift Bridge will close to vehicle traffic and be converted to a bike and pedestrian bridge as of the Loop Trail.
The conversion to a pedestrian bridge will cost $12 million, and include repairing steel connections and concrete railings, restoring mechanical and electrical components, reconstructing the concourse and painting the Lift Bridge.
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