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Improvements to lift bridge almost complete

STILLWATER - Improvements are almost finished on the Stillwater Lift Bridge between Stillwater and Houlton.

Officials say the lift span will stay down on Tuesday between 8 a.m. and noon, while a gearbox is replaced. It's the last major step in a repair project that's been going on since last summer.

Minnesota's DOT has been working on a three-to-four-million-dollar upgrade that improves various components of the 80-year-old lift bridge, plus replacements of curbs, gutters, and guard-rails.

Officials said the work was needed to keep the bridge in good shape until a new four-lane bridge opens in 2016 over the Saint Croix River between Stillwater and Hudson.