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Highway 23 Project News
June 15, 2009

Workzone at night

Week of June 15

Washington Memorial Drive to 4th Avenue; Overpass at Lake George

Traffic on Highway 23/Division Street in St. Cloud was switched over to the newly constructed westbound lanes this week. A temporary bypass around the Lake George bridge will allow for the final construction on the north half of the new bridge.

Eastbound left turns at Washington Memorial Drive are no longer permitted, for the remainder of the project. Eastbound motorists can turn left or go straight and turn left at several intersections beginning with 16th Avenue. Eastbound right turns and westbound right/left turning movements will be allowed.

The south side of 4th Avenue at Highway 23/Division Street is closed to traffic to help facilitate the new eastbound traffic lane movement.

Pavement removals begin on the eastbound lanes.

Installation of a temporary traffic signal and striping began yesterday in preparation of the traffic switch to the new westbound lanes.

The first deck pour of the Lake George bridge was completed earlier this week, crews will pour the approach panels today. Bridge railing and sidewalk will be poured next week after the seven day cure period. The deck wear course will follow. The completion of the westbound portion of the bridge is scheduled for early July.

Paving in the area from 7th Avenue to the east side of the bridge and 12th Avenue to the west side of the bridge and the temporary crossovers were completed this week.

Final wear course will be paved in the last stage of the project.

Sidewalk concrete placement from 8th Avenue to the east side of the bridge was completed today.

Geofoam placement starts on the westbound on/off ramps.

Grading of the Lake George approach panels will be completed this week. Sidewalk grading and concrete placement continues at various locations throughout the project.

Street light base and conduit installation continues throughout the project.

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

Mississippi River Bridge

The river is bridged again! Check out our website to see pictures of the Span 2 connection. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/projects/hwy23bridge/photos.html

Crews will finish setting girders this week and finish decking Span 4 this week. Installation of studs and rebar on Span 4 begins next week.

Crews have completed removing the concrete roadway from the bridge to 4th Avenue and will begin underground sewer and water next week west of the bridge.

Crews continue working on walls for the bike trail on the west side of the river.

Granite stone veneer installation continues on the west abutment. Crews expect to have this completed by the end of June and will then move to the east abutment.

Retaining wall on the west side of the river removal and construction continues.

Crews are installing the 16" insulated water main for the river crossing between the girders.

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

Project Updates

News and detour information: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/projects/hwy23bridge/

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