ST. JOSEPH (WKOW) – Wisconsin transportation officials will begin negotiating to buy land that will be used for the new St. Croix bridge as early as next month.
Six parcels of land are offered for the first purchase. In some cases, the property owners' land has been in the family for generations. The land is needed for a highway leading to the Wisconsin side of the new bridge.
WisDOT real estate acquisition supervisor Troy Stapelmann says the goal is to reach a compromise on the land purchases. If a compromise cannot be reached, Stapelmann says the state would seize the property without the owner's consent through eminent domain.
According to the Star Tribune, the highway is a key piece of the $675 million bridge project connecting Wisconsin to Minnesota. The new bridge is expected to be open in late 2016 or early 2017.
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