Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Construction in progress


Work on the new $17.4 million Highway 24 bridge over the Mississippi River in Clearwater began Aug. 15, 2015.

Location map - click on map for pdf versionPrepare work area

Crews are clearing and fencing off work areas at the river.  A temporary road known as a causeway will be built from the west river bank out into the water to construct piers. Poster of work stages, details

Water navigation buoys, signs and barricades will also be positioned in the river.

Please stay out of fenced off work areas and equipment for your safety and ours.

Hwy 24 open to traffic

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

When the new bridge is opened to traffic in fall 2017, the old structure will be removed by June 30, 2018.


Prepare work area Aug. 15 - Fall 2015
Construct abutments,  six piers Fall 2015 - Summer 2016,
includes over winter
Place beams Late Summer - Fall 2016
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.

About this project

This project will replace the 57 year-old Highway 24 bridge spanning the Mississippi River and CR 7/Main St in Clearwater in Sherburne and Wright counties. The new bridge will be built just southeast, or downstream, from the current structure.

Existing Hwy 24 bridge
The current Hwy 24 bridge will remain open to traffic as the new one is built.

The river crossing serves commuter, freight and recreational traffic, with current average daily traffic volumes of 14,800 and forecast volumes of more than 30,000 vehicles per day in 2040.

The existing bridge was built in 1958 and is due for replacement. Shoulders are narrow and do not provide adequate room for handicap accessible vehicles, and sidewalks do not meet today's ADA requirements. 


The new two-lane bridge structure will include wider lanes, shoulders and a pedestrian sidewalk/trail separated by a concrete barrier for improved access and safety.


Bridge drawing


  • $17.4 million

Prime Contractor

  • Lunda Construction

Web pg: J Seelen