Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Project in progress

New Hwy 24 bridge open

All lanes of the new Hwy 24 Mississippi River crossing bridge in Clearwater opened Thursday, Aug. 17. The pedestrian trail remains closed until they complete safety railing.

Location map - click on map for pdf version
Sept. 13, 2017 - Crews remove the old Hwy 24 bridge deck. The work will take three weeks to complete. The new bridge is open to traffic.

Remove old structure

Sept. 13, 2017 - Crews are in the process of removing the old Hwy 24 bridge deck, and temporary causeway used during construction in the river.

Motorists should watch for heavy moving equipment entering and exiting work areas. Please stay out of closed areas and drive with caution.

Watch the webcam

Go online anytime and see the latest digital image taken every 15 minutes by the webcam. The webcam service will be in operation through December 2017. We hope you enjoyed seeing the new bridge being built. See what's going on now.

Webcam time-lapse

Construction

Hwy 24 open

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

Check 511mn.org for current road conditions or any scheduled closures.

When the new bridge is opened to traffic, 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 - Summer 2017
Open to traffic Aug. 17, 2017
Remove old bridge and road connections, establish turf or landscape Aug. 21 - June 30, 2018

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

Future projects, plans

Road improvements on Hwy 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.