Power restored to Stillwater Lift Bridge after nearly 6-hour outage

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A power outage left the Stillwater Lift Bridge inoperable almost six hours on Thursday, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation officials.

The bridge got stuck in the down position around 9 a.m., and it took MnDOT crews until 2:45 p.m. to assess the problem and make repairs.

The historic bridge, which was closed to car traffic when the new St. Croix River bridge was built, is a key part of the Loop Trail, a 4.7-mile interstate trail between Houlton, Wis., and Stillwater, that also crosses the new bridge south of Stillwater. The power outage did not affect trail users, officials said.

Some additional work on the bridge will be carried out on Friday, but that work “should have little impact on either boaters who require lifts or pedestrians and bicyclists who cross the historic structure,” according to MnDOT.

The bridge lifts regularly in the summer to accommodate marine traffic.

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