U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today commended the President for signing into law legislation to authorize the building of the St. Croix River Crossing Project, S. 1134. The bill received wide bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
"Today we celebrate an important victory," said Rep. Kind. "After decades of work and the dedication of local stakeholders, agencies, and private entities, we can finally get to work constructing the much needed St. Croix River Crossing Project. Not only will the new bridge address local safety and transportation concerns but it will create thousands of jobs in the short-term and foster continued economic development in a very dynamic and fast growing region. I'm proud that my colleagues and I were able to come together to see this important project through. The people of the St. Croix River Valley will finally get the bridge they need and deserve."
This bill had strong bipartisan support from both the Wisconsin and Minnesota delegations, including all four senators, as well as strong support from both Governor Walker and Governor Dayton. Wisconsin and Minnesota are sharing the cost of the project; requiring no new federal money. The project is expected to great upwards of 6,000 new jobs in the area.