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Stillwater Bridge Construction is Complete

Stillwater, Wisconsin, June 16, 2018–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A groundbreaking ceremony was held today to begin construction of the Stillwater River Bridge in Wisconsin, which will replace the bridge over the Stillwaters Creek, the nation’s largest freshwater source for drinking water and fishing.

The bridge will span the river at a length of 12 miles and provide access to more than 1.8 million people.

The new bridge will have a height of 2,800 feet (800 meters), will have steel superstructure to withstand impacts, and will be capable of handling the current demands of modern traffic, the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) said.

Construction will begin on the new bridge on June 22 and finish on July 17.

The project is expected to be complete by 2021.

The state is seeking $4.8 billion in federal grants for the project, and a private group is looking for $1.5 billion, DOT said.

The project was one of several to be completed over the last three years by the U.S. Department of Energy, including the construction of a 1,500-mile (1,800 kilometers) pipeline under the Yellowstone River in Montana and the construction and installation of a 2,600-mile-long (4,000 kilometers) solar-powered transmission line connecting North Carolina and Georgia.

The U.K. is also expected to complete a 1-million-mile long (1.3-million kilometers) transmission line, and China is working on a 500-mile line to link the country’s northern provinces.

The United Kingdom is also building a 1.2-million mile (1 million kilometers) railway to link its east coast to Europe.