The new St. Croix River bridge won’t open until late 2017, a full year after originally planned, because of equipment problems, material shortages, and weather delays.

Just how the delay might affect the overall cost of the bridge project — budgeted for as much as $676 million — won’t be known until the state agencies complete negotiations with the general contractor, said Kevin Gutknecht, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) spokesman.

The bridge portion of the project has faced “a variety of challenges,” MnDOT said, including:

  • A workforce shortage
  • Equipment failures
  • Project complexity
  • Material shortages, such as concrete forms needed to make the segments for the bridge
  • Weather issues