Update: Stillwater Lift Bridge Closed to Motor Vehicle Traffic

Kelley Brenner

Stillwater Lift Bridge.

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge remains closed to traffic due to a power outage.

A malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage at the Stillwater lift bridge failed shortly after noon, and abruptly disrupted the scheduled noon lift, said Kent Barnard, a spokesperson for MnDOT.

The lift span of the bridge was on its downward journey at approximately 12:05 p.m. Tuesday when the meter socket failed and cut electricity to the bridge.

The bridge stopped about 30 feet above the water, and remains in that position. (The entire span lifts a total of 42 feet).

“We aren’t sure how long it will take Xcel to fix it, but we are anticipating at least a couple of hours,” Kent Barnard, a spokesperson for MnDOT said.

Following the electrical failure, MnDOT Electrical Services Section employees and Xcel Energy crews responded to the bridge and are still making repairs at the bridge’s electrical service panel.

The main service panel is located on land at the west end of the bridge. MnDOT hopes to complete the repairs Tuesday night, 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, Barnard said, and the night shift operator will begin his duties.

It was initially reported by MnDOT that a motor vehicle struck a transformer, knocking power out to the bridge, but that information was incorrect, Barnard said.

A boat from the St. Croix Boat and Packet was stuck north of the Lift Bridge as a result of the power outage. Passengers were being dropped off at the Gazebo in North Lowell Park. (Photo by Greg Seitz)

Earlier this afternoon, a boat from the St. Croix Boat and Packet was stuck north of the Lift Bridge as a result of the power outage. Passengers were dropped off at the Gazebo in North Lowell Park.

When the St. Croix River Crossing is completed in early August, the 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.

Updated from 2:09 p.m.:

The Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed to traffic due to a power outage, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

A motor vehicle struck a transformer at about noon Tuesday, knocking power out to the bridge, according to MnDOT.

Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski said that city’s Public Works department was told the Lift Bridge could be stuck in the up position for at least a day.

A boat from the St. Croix Boat and Packet was stuck north of the Lift Bridge as a result of the power outage. Passengers were being dropped off at the Gazebo in North Lowell Park. (Photo by Greg Seitz)

A boat from the St. Croix Boat and Packet was stuck north of the Lift Bridge as a result of the power outage. Passengers were being dropped off at the Gazebo in North Lowell Park.

The power outage occurred at about 12:15 p.m.