Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Project in progress

Bridge deck work

April 24, 2017 - Bridge deck construction is moving quickly. Temporary wood forms and stainless steel reinforcement rebar are being installed for the future concrete deck pouring. Stainless steel rebar is more corrosion resistant (rain/salt) than coated steel rebar, and will improve the life span of the bridge. This is the first bridge deck that District 3 has used stainless steel rebar. More photos of deck framing, rebar installation

The first of four concrete pours began on Friday, April 21. Each pour uses approximately 550 cubic yards of high performance concrete, designed specifically for bridge decks. The concrete materials contain synthetic fibers to minimize future cracking and improve long term durability of the bridge deck. The concrete will be delivered from Hardrives in Waite Park, and they'll use the temporary causeway to pump the concrete up to the bridge deck. Overall the concrete will take 14 days to fully cure. Weather permitting, other deck pours will be scheduled in the next week (they need 24 hrs of dry conditions). The project remains on schedule.

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Hwy 24 open

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

The current bridge remains open to traffic as the new one is built. Motorists may encounter heavy moving vehicles entering or exiting work areas and periodic lane or shoulder closures. Drive with care.

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

Today on Hwy 24

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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.