About the project
This project replaces the existing Hwy 24 bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Clearwater.
This river crossing serves both commuter and recreational traffic, with current average daily traffic volumes of 14,800 and estimates of volumes more than 30,000 in 2040.
The existing two-lane bridge was constructed in 1958. It sits on timber pilings and the bridge deck is deteriorating and due for replacement. In addition, deck geometry and traffic volumes create a safety problem for motorists and pedestrians. The bridge’s shoulder and sidewalk widths are also substandard, putting bicyclists and pedestrians at risk. Current plans are to replace the existing bridge with a new two-lane structure.
Improve safety and preserve an important river crossing with minimal affect to traffic during construction.
Key issues and risks
Due to its location, the existing bridge will remain open to traffic while the new bridge is constructed as a parallel structure.