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Stillwater Lift Bridge Stuck

The Star Tribune reported Friday afternoon that the Stillwater lift bridge was stuck in the open position, blocking traffic.

The lift of the historic bridge became stuck shortly after noon, Mary McFarland, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said. Crews were expected to fix the problem in time for evening rush hour, McFarland said.

The reason for the bridge malfunction was unknown. Drivers wishing to cross the St. Croix River were instructed to detour south to Interstate 94.

A later report in the Pioneer Press clarified some of the questions left unanswered from the Star Tribune piece.

An electrical malfunction in the bridge's sensors caused the bridge to get stuck open. The computer that operates the bridge thought that the bridge was down when it was actually up, McFarland said.

Traffic between Minnesota and Wisconsin was able to resume around 8:45 p.m. Friday.