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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Construction in progress


Hwy 24 jobsite webcam. Photo captured sunrise Oct. 24, 2016

October 2016 - Work continues on the new Highway 24 bridge over the Mississippi River in Clearwater. The project is on schedule.

Crews are constructing piers five and six and the east abutment. Plans are to deliver and place the pre-fabricated bridge beams in late-fall or early-winter 2016-2017.

Jobsite 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.

Construct piers, abutments
Crews continue to construct bridge abutments and six piers from west to east across the river. Two piers are inland and four are in the river. Cofferdams, made from steel sheet pile were driven into the riverbed to create a dry space to work in the river. Steel pile is driven deep into the earth to help form the foundation for the piers. Then piers are constructed inside the cofferdam. Location map - click on map for pdf version

A temporary road known as a causeway is constructed from the west river bank out into the water to access the worksite. Poster of work stages, details

This work will continue through 2016.

Please stay out of fenced off work areas and equipment, both on land and in the river, 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 six piers, abutments Fall 2015 - Fall 2016
Place beams Winter 2016-2017
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.

Project overview

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