About the project
This project replaces the existing bridge over the Mississippi River on Highway 24 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 bridge shoulder and sidewalk widths are substandard, putting bicyclists and pedestrians at risk.
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. Current plans are to replace the existing bridge with a new two-lane structure.
Key issues and risks
Due to its location, replacement of this bridge will require construction of a parallel structure or a long detour.