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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Summer 2005 Minnesota-Wisconsin: Construction of a New Crossing Over the St. Croix River
Minnesota-Wisconsin: Construction of a New Crossing Over the St. Croix River
Agencies: Federal Highway Administration and National Park Service
In December 2004, the Section 106 review process was concluded with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the ACHP, Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA), and the Minnesota and Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs).
That agreement anticipated that the Stillwater Lift Bridge would remain on the State trunk highway system and be subject to further Section 106 review for future changes in jurisdiction or disposition.
The MOA also provided for recordation of the historic Bergstein House and Shoddy Mill; review of design plans for project elements in the vicinity of a log cabin; and consultation with the Minnesota SHPO to develop a plan for the Stillwater Overlook and the new bridges design.
The State of Minnesota will retain ownership and liability for the Stillwater Lift Bridge after it is converted to a pedestrian and bicycle crossing when a new bridge is opened.
Finally, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (DOT) also has committed itself to developing a management plan for the bridge and establishing a $3 million endowment fund to support the operation and maintenance of the bridge as a pedestrian and bicycle crossing.
The last major issue had been the bridges rehabilitation needs when it is changed from a vehicular bridge to the pedestrian and bicycle bridge. While DOT currently plans to conduct about $5 millions worth of bridge rehabilitation, about $7 million in additional work is needed.
FHWA and DOT have agreed to commit funding, not to exceed $7 million, for rehabilitation of the lift bridge within one year after the opening of the new bridge. With that commitment, it appears that the last major impediment to the long-term preservation of the lift bridgeand the conclusion of Section 106 consultationhave been resolved.
The ACHP, Minnesota SHPO, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have argued that DOT should complete the additional rehabilitation, because under the Minnesota Statewide Historic Bridge Management Plan, the lift bridge is one of about 24 historic bridges to receive special attention.
projects Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected be
published in July 2005. For background information on this case, see the winter
2005, fall 2004, spring
2004, and summer 2003 ACHP
Staff contact: Laura