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Stillwater Lift Bridge reopens earlier than expected after repairs

STILLWATER, MN (WTAQ) - One of the main links between northwest Wisconsin and Minnesota is completely open again, much earlier than expected.

The DOT in the Gopher State completed repairs Wednesday on a frayed cable that blocked boats from going under the Stillwater Lift Bridge on the St. Croix River.

The bridge was stuck in the “down” position since Sunday night due to the damaged cable.

Wednesday, officials closed the structure to traffic for four hours, so they could fix the cable and inspect the lift system on the 82-year-old bridge.

Officials had been hoping to get boat traffic moving again by the end of the week – but that turned out to be a much shorter delay.

Car and truck drivers were expecting a four hour closure Wednesday – and that’s exactly how long the shutdown was.