STILLWATER (AP) -- Transportation officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they will stop work on a new St. Croix River bridge if more federal money isn't allocated soon.
Minnesota officials said they will decide by the end of this year whether to continue with the $148 million project.
At issue is additional money required by the Department of Interior to offset the effects of keeping the existing historic lift bridge in place after a new bridge is built.
Interior Department officials have said they will not accept any plan that calls for the complete removal of the bridge in downtown Stillwater, but stipulated that additional money -- more than $10 million -- would be needed for mitigation.
"While we continue to support a new St. Croix River crossing, if additional funding for mitigation is unavailable, it doesn't make sense to spend additional Minnesota taxpayers dollars on this project," said Douglas Weiszhaar, Transportation Department deputy commissioner.
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