Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Project in progress

Bridge beam installations continue into March

Hwy 24 jobsite webcam. Watch the progress.

Feb. 24 - Recent warmer temps have caused the Mississippi River to rise and bridge beam work is halted until river levels lower. So, bridge beam deliveries and installations will continue into March until completed.

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

Hwy 24 weekday closures

  • Periodic lane closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to four times each weekday, on good weather days. Each closure will last up to 5-10 minutes with flaggers holding traffic in each direction.
  • Check 511mn.org to see if deliveries and lane closures are scheduled for that day

In all, 46 beams will be delivered. Each beam is 178 feet long and weighs about 110 tons.

Good weather is key

The beam deliveries will depend on weather conditions and the water levels of the Mississippi River. The causeway needs to above water for crews to work, and wind speeds need to be calm for cranes to maneuver beams into place.

Watch the webcam

Viewers can go online anytime and see the latest digital image taken every 15 minutes by the webcam. See what's going on now.

Schedule

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

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.

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 in fall 2017, 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 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.