The new Stillwater bridge is being dubbed “signature”, and experts are geeking out about it. With a budget of $14.2 million going to the architectural and engineering firm HDR, this hybrid concrete/cable-stayed structure will reduce environmental impact by lowering the number of piers in the river and keeping tower heights lower than the river bluffs, and will only be the second of its kind built in the United States. Between design work and actual construction, we won’t be seeing this bridge beauty until 2016, but it’s not just the structure that have people excited. The idea of having traffic removed from that old lift bridge definitely elates the average Wisconsin-to-Minnesota commuter.