Today, President Barack Obama signed the St. Croix River Crossing Project legislation into law. This bipartisan legislation, championed by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06), allows construction of a new crossing to begin over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
"Today the St. Croix River Crossing Project was given a green light to proceed. Finally, construction can officially begin on this common sense four-lane bridge project. I commend the President for signing this important piece of legislation. I also extend my sincere gratitude to my colleagues in the Senate and the House including Senators Klobuchar (MN), Franken (MN), Johnson (WI) and Kohl (WI) and Representatives Kind (WI-03), Duffy (WI-07), Cravaack (MN-08) and Baldwin (WI-02).
"I have personally been involved with the St. Croix River Crossing project proposal for decades, including while I was a member of the Minnesota State Senate. It finally took Congressional action to allow this project to proceed because of years of frivolous lawsuits and bureaucratic holdups, but I'm pleased we could deliver. This legislation does not appropriate a dime; rather it allows a project supported by both states' Departments of Transportation and the majority of local residents to proceed.
"I intend to continue providing updates on this project. My constituents can rest assured; they will finally have a new St. Croix River Crossing."
The St. Croix River Crossing legislation, S.1134, passed the Senate with unanimous consent on January 23, 2012. The bill passed the House on Mar. 1 by a vote of 339-80.