Update: Stillwater Lift Bridge fix could take a while


The Stillwater Lift Bridge fix will take longer than expected.

A frayed cable snapped Sunday night as the bridge was being lowered. The 82-year-old, two-lane span is in the down postion – open to pedestrians and motor vehicles traveling Minnesota Highway 36. But boats taller than 6 feet will not be able to go under the bridge until the lift span is operational, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reports.

MnDOT crews had hoped to make a repair Monday. But they ran into trouble finding a replacement cable. It could take a week to install after MnDOT obtains the cable, the Star Tribune reports. It's "anybody's guess" as to an exact date when the bridge will be repaired, Duane Green, a MnDOT maintenance operations engineer, told the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune reports that three of six strands in the 7/8-inch wire frayed, but it was not immediately clear why, a MnDOT spokesman said.

The frayed cable was last replaced in 2005, MnDOT spokeswoman Denise Workcuff told the Pioneer Press. The cable was inspected in 2012, and there were no signs of fraying, she told the newspaper.

The bridge between downtown Stillwater and Wisconsin carries roughly 18,000 vehicles a day, the Star Tribune reports.

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The Stillwater Lift Bridge will close Monday for four months while MnDot crews make repairs. The bridge will not reopen until late December. The lift span will open to boat traffic on Sundays from Oct. 15 through Nov. 5 and will also not open again until late December.