Work begins July 2015
Crews continue to prepare the work zone for construction, which is slated to begin in July 2015. The new Highway 24 bridge over the Mississippi River will be built just southeast of the current structure.
Traffic impacts should be minimal. The existing bridge will remain open to traffic while the new one is erected. Motorists may encounter heavy moving vehicles entering or exiting work areas.
A short segment of Main Street/CR 7, that runs under the bridge in Clearwater, will be closed. Use other side streets.
When the new bridge is open to traffic, the old bridge will be removed.
About this project
This project will replace the Hwy 24 bridge over the Mississippi River and CR 7/Main St in Clearwater in Sherburne and Wright counties.
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 two-lane bridge was built in 1958 and is due for replacement. The shoulders are narrow and do not provide adequate room for handicap accessible vehicles, and the sidewalks do not meet today's ADA requirements.
Current Hwy 24 Mississippi River bridge
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.