About this project
The new Highway 24 bridge opened to traffic on Aug. 17, 2017.
This project replaced 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 was built just southeast, or downstream, from the current structure.
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.