Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Project in progress

All 46 bridge beams installed!

The last bridge beam was set into place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017. In all 46 pre-stressed beams were delivered from Elk River, and set into place using two cranes. Each beam is 178 feet long and weighs about 110 tons.

The next stage is bridge deck construction, which begins in full swing in mid-April. The project remains on schedule.

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Traffic impacts

Location map - click on map for pdf version
Project location map

Hwy 24 open

The current bridge remains open to traffic as the new one is built. Motorists may encounter heavy moving vehicles entering or exiting work areas.

Please stay out of fenced off work areas and equipment, both on land and in the river, for your safety and ours.

When the new bridge is opened to traffic this fall, the old structure will be removed by June 30, 2018.

Schedule*

Prepare work area Aug. 15 - Fall 2015
Construct six piers, abutments Fall 2015 - Fall 2016
Place beams December 2016-March 15, 2017
Construct bridge deck surface, sidewalks, road and trail connections, aesthetics Spring - Fall 2017
Open to traffic Fall 2017
Remove old bridge and road connections, establish turf or landscape Fall 2017 - June 30, 2018,
includes over winter

*The contractor may work year round. Schedule is subject to change.

Future projects, plans

Road improvements on Highway 24 in central Minnesota.

Hwy 24 Clearwater to Clear Lake

Project location: Highway 24 between I- 94 in Clearwater to Hwy 10 in Clear Lake

Description: Resurface Hwy 24 from I-94 in Clearwater to Hwy 10 in Clear Lake, includes pedestrian access improvements (sidewalks and ramps in Clear Lake) and Hwy 24 traffic signal upgrades at:

  • I-94 interchange ramps (Exit 178) in Clearwater
  • CR 75 in Clearwater
  • CR 8 (River Rd SE) in Clear Lake township

Status: Work planned for 2018. Open house held Jan. 24, 2017 in Clear Lake.
Cost: $2.3 million
Contact: Luke Wehseler, project manager, 218-828-5721

Additional resources

Schedules are tentative and subject to change.