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March 12, 2010

Harsdorf Decries Court’s Stillwater Bridge Ruling


(State Capitol, Madison) . . . On March 11, the U.S. District Court of Appeals halted progress toward building a new Stillwater Bridge by ruling in favor of a Sierra Club lawsuit which sought to defeat the project.   Senator Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls) reacted, “It is extremely disappointing that the determination of one judge and the leadership of one group, the Sierra Club, are blocking needed progress on a new Stillwater Bridge.”


While Wisconsin has paved the way for a new bridge by enabling funding sources in the budget bill and collaborating with Minnesota, the Sierra Club has repeatedly obstructed and delayed a new bridge.


“It took the judge six months to determine that an old and outdated statement by the National Park Service made nearly fifteen years ago was enough to derail a consensus on getting construction for the bridge going in 2013,” said Harsdorf.   “To say that the NPS can never change its position and use that as the basis to allow the Sierra Club to continue to use the courts to obstruct is sad.  It is costly for taxpayers who continue to see costs climb and the tens-of-thousands of people that depend up the Stillwater Bridge for safe and efficient travel.   The Sierra Club has repeatedly shown they will not negotiate in good faith and now everybody loses.”