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Highway 23 Project Update
April 8, 2009

Workzone at night

Week of April 9-15

Washington Memorial Drive to 4th Avenue

Work on the permanent signal at 7th Avenue will be completed by Monday, April 13; the permanent signal at 14th will be installed by Thursday, April 16.

Installation of the signals at 5th Avenue continues.

Motorists are traveling on the eastbound lanes of Highway 23, one lane of traffic in each direction.

On/off ramps at 9th Avenue South are closed to traffic. 9th/10th Avenue traffic have been switched to the southbound lanes between 4th Avenue and St. Germain Street.

Crews are working on removals, temporary signal installation, erosion control implementation and bridge demolition.

The concrete that is removed from the road surface is being crushed and recycled to be used for base material for the project.

Mississippi River Bridge

Green mulch material was sprayed on the dirt on the east side of the river to aid in erosion control.

As a as safety and security measure, the gate and fence on Riverside Avenue have been re-installed.

Crews continue to monitor water depth of the river. So far, there has been no flooding on the project.

The city of St. Cloud is working on the sanitary sewer on the west bank for approximately the next two weeks.

The contractor has completed the removal of the old west abutment and has constructed the new footing for the new abutment. The forming and construction of the west abutment wall and wingwalls will follow.

Motorists should watch for trucks entering and exiting from the bridge on the west entrance.

New pier #1 is complete. The cofferdam sheeting and forms have been removed.

New pier #2 cap is poured. Forms and cofferdam sheeting removal will follow in the next two weeks.

New Pier #3 on the east bank is complete.

Work will continue on the east abutment wing walls.

Riprap will be placed on the east river bank beneath the new bridge.

Beams are scheduled for delivery in early May, Crews will begin erecting beams from the east side of river.

Boat traffic will be maintained on the Mississippi River during this project.

Existing local and truck detours will remain in place. For specific detour routes, visit the project Web site at www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/projects/hwy23bridge/.


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