The Stillwater Lift Bridge closes to vehicle traffic from noon to 4 p.m. today so crews can repair a frayed lift span cable and inspect the lift system, according to state Department of Transportation officials.
The bridge lift schedule has been suspended by MnDOT since Sunday evening after a bridge operator noticed the frayed cable during a scheduled lift. MnDOT said suspension of the lift schedule means boats taller than six feet are unable to travel beneath the bridge. The frayed cable does not affect the lift span structure and motor vehicle traffic was not affected until today, officials added.
MnDOT located the cable needed for the repair from a local supplier. Crews expect to have the Lift Bridge back in operation and open to river traffic by week’s end, weather permitting.
Discovery of the frayed cable comes less than one year after MnDOT did rehabilitation work on the span, repairing still connections, replacing and repairing mechanical and electrical components, repairing concrete surfaces and floor beams and replaced guardrails, curbs and gutters.
Visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/liftbridge/index.html for information about the Lift Bridge.