MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The four U.S. senators from Minnesota and Wisconsin have introduced legislation to move forward on a new bridge over the St. Croix River designed to ease the frequent traffic jams at the Stillwater crossing.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota led the effort to draft the bill, which she says was introduced Thursday night. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker support the project.
Klobuchar says the bill includes a package of mitigation efforts to protect and promote the scenic river by eliminating existing man-made structures, protecting river bluffs and ensuring public boat access.
Klobuchar says she has been working closely with Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., who has introduced similar bipartisan legislation in the House.
The current river crossing is at the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge.