Work begins July 2015
Crews have been preparing work areas for the future bridge abutments, just east of the current bridge.
Bridge construction begins in July 2015. 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.
When the new bridge is open, the old one will be removed.
About this project
This project will replace the Hwy 24 bridge over the Mississippi River in Clearwater in Sherburne and Wright counties.
This river crossing serves both commuter 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.
- Prep-work 2014-2015
- Construct July 2015-2017