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Wis. delegation backs St. Croix bridge bill; measure headed to president

The Wisconsin House delegation today unanimously backed legislation that would enable the long-sought reconstruction of a St. Croix River bridge at Stillwater, Minn.

The House passed the St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act by a 339-80 margin. The bill -- which now heads to the president's desk -- exempts the $700 million bridge project from the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

"There is much that divides us, but on this issue it was incredibly refreshing to work with Democrats and Republicans alike toward a common goal for both our region and our local economy," said U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston. "It’s unfortunate that this bridge required congressional action in the first place, but I’m thrilled to see that decades of work has not gone to waste."

"This bridge not only addresses the critical safety concerns of the region but also maintains the scenic and recreational value of the St. Croix Riverway," added U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse. "I’m proud to have supported the project for the last 16 years and am thrilled that we will be able to build the bridge that the citizens and communities need and deserve.”

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