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St. Croix bridge groundbreaking ceremony set for Tuesday

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Although construction of the new $676 million St. Croix River Crossing Project is already underway, officials are hosting a one-hour groundbreaking ceremony next week in downtown Stillwater.

The event is being held in Stillwater instead of Oak Park Heights where the four-lane bridge is being built to accomodate parking, MnDot told the Associated Press.

The ceremony is open to the public and begins at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Lowell Park.

Construction of the bridge was held up earlier this month after the discovery of dead zebra mussels on half a dozen construction barges that were trucked in for the project.

The invasive species were found before the barges hit the water.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is investigating and could purse charges against the contractor, Ed Kraemer & Sons, Inc.

The bridge is expected to be complete by the fall of 2016.

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