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Paddle boat tours available to view construction of St. Croix River bridge

HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - Paddle boat tours will take place on the St. Croix River near Hudson, so folks can see the construction progress of the new four-lane bridge there.  

Project manager Jon Chiglo said there are no good places on the shore for the public to safely view the work. So paddle boats were arranged for tours on Saturday mornings and late Wednesday afternoons.

Tickets can be purchased for trips that will begin May 31st. They'll run through the end of September.

Project staff members will be aboard the paddle boats to answer questions.

There's a lot of interest in the new St. Croix bridge. It was debated for decades before Congress and President Obama approved an environmental exemption which paved the way for the project.  

The new river crossing is due to open by the fall of 2016.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)