Stillwater Bridge Saga
The saga continues with our region’s efforts to construct a much needed, new Stillwater Bridge. Budget provisions inserted by Madison Democrats originally sought to limit build options for this specific bridge project. Under public pressure, legislative Democrats backed down and put together an altogether different provision. It does not limit build options, and thankfully provides for the long-term financing of a new bridge. However, it does require at least a $75 million contribution from the federal government specifically for this bridge project in order for Wisconsin to fund its share of the total cost split with Minnesota. So, with the Governor approving this provision today, a couple of things were established: we have capacity to fund the project and it is imperative that the federal government play a direct and active role in its financing.