The Stillwater Lift Bridge will rise less frequently under a proposal being floated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

On Wednesday, the public can weigh in on the plan which would reduce the number of time the bridge would rise from 21 to 19 on weekdays and have fewer times when vehicular traffic would be stopped during peak travel times, especially during the evening commute, the Coast Guard said.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Stillwater City Hall, 216 N. 4th Street.

The change would eliminate lifts at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays, add a lift a 3 p.m. and would keep the bridge open to vehicular traffic between 4 and 6 p.m.

The bridge, which spans the St. Croix River between Stillwater and western Wisconsin, would rise hourly between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and every 30 minutes between 1 and 3 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m.

Comments will also be sent to Cmdr., Eighth Coast Guard District, 1222 Spruce Street, Room 2.1 07F, St. Louis, MO, 63103-2832. Comments also can be submitted by e-mail to

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