Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Hwy 24 bridge

Construction in progress

Status

Project is on schedule. Work continues on pier 6 and the east abutment.

Hwy 24 jobsite webcam. Watch bridge beams being delivered and placed in December 2016 when the causeway is above water.

Looking ahead

Later in December, when the water levels of the Mississippi River lower, oversized concrete bridge beams will be delivered to the jobsite, and Hwy 24 will close periodically each weekday. Dates to be sent out when known.

The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, up to four times each day, Mondays through Fridays, on good weather days. Each closure will last up to 15 minutes with flaggers holding traffic on both directions of Hwy 24. News release

In all, 46 beams will be delivered. Each beam is 178 feet long and weighs about 110 tons. The beams are manufactured in Minnesota, are delivered using specialty trucking equipment and will be placed atop the piers through December.

The work schedule is tentative and will depend on weather conditions and the water levels of the Mississippi River. The causeway needs to above water for crews to work.

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
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.