Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 24 bridge construction

Mississippi River in Clearwater

Orange barrels on a highway

Webcam

Watch the project's progress— Use your browser refresh button to view the latest image taken every 15 minutes. An image can be saved by right-clicking on it and choosing 'Save image as' to your local files. The webcam service will be in operation through December 2017. We hope you enjoyed seeing the newly constructed bridge being built.

Project stages

1. Prepare jobsite - Complete

A temporary road known as a causeway is constructed from the west river bank out into the water to access the worksite.

2. Construct piers, abutments - Complete

Crews will construct bridge abutments and six piers from west to east across the river. Two piers are inland and four are in the river. Cofferdams, made from steel sheet pile, were driven into the riverbed to create a dry space to work in the river. Steel pile is driven deep into the earth to help form the foundation for the piers. Then piers are constructed inside the cofferdam.

3. Deliver and place beams - Complete

Pre-stressed concrete beams, manufactured in Elk River, Minnesota were delivered one at time on oversized semi trailers to the jobsite. Two large specialized cranes will then lift and place each beam on top of the piers. Survey crews use GPS coordinates to ensure each beam is positioned exactly right.

The last of 46 beams was set into place at 3 p.m. March 15, 2017. Each beam weighs about 110 tons. In all, 7,566 linear feet and 4,280 tons of bridge beam were installed. Thirty of the beams are eight feet tall and 16 beams are five feet tall.

4. Construct deck structure, connections - Complete

In 2017, bridge enthusiasts will see crews complete the new bridge, including the deck surface, sidewalks, bridge railings, road and trail connections, aesthetics and more.

  • Bridge deck concrete pouring completed June 6.
  • Bridge opening ceremony on Aug. 16, 2017
  • The new bridge opened ahead of schedule on Aug. 17, 2017.

5. Remove old bridge - In progress

The old structure and connections will be removed, and any other remaining work on the new bridge completed between Aug. 21, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Poster showing stages