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Highway 23 Project News
July 31, 2009

Workzone at night

July 31 - August 7

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

Traffic on Highway 23/Division Street in St. Cloud will continue using the new westbound lanes from the west end of the project to the east side of the new Lake George bridge.

Beginning as early as next week, traffic lane changes can be expected between 7th Avenue and 4th Avenue. 5th, 6th and 7th Avenue intersections will be open in all directions with only temporary closures required for the final concrete median and paving in later stages of the project.

Washington Memorial Drive remains closed south of Highway 23 to allow for the planned construction in the intersection. Motorists should follow the signed detour which utilizes 14th Avenue and 7th Street. This work is scheduled for completion by the end of next week.

Westbound left turns at Washington Memorial are still prohibited for the remainder of the project.

Westbound right turns and eastbound left turns are allowed at all other intersections along the project.

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

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.

The first two of three layers of bituminous on Highway 23 will be completed by the end of next week.

Concrete curb/gutter and sidewalk is also scheduled to be completed by the end of next week.

The Lake George bridge had the final piling operations completed on Wednesday. Concrete footings, pier columns and caps are on schedule to be completed by the second week in August. The west abutment is near completion; the east abutment will have the footing poured this Friday.

Construction operations on northbound 10th Avenue along with the 1st Street connection is scheduled to begin on Monday.

The signal system at 7th Avenue will be completed this Friday and the system at

Washington Memorial will start again on Monday.

Street lighting along the Highway 23 corridor is a continuos operation, but is nearing completion.

The Highway 23 project, including the Lake George bridge, is still on schedule to open to four lanes of traffic in early November.

Mississippi River Bridge; 4th Avenue to Wilson Avenue

7th Street SE between Wilson Avenue and Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic through Friday, July 31. The closure is necessary to facilitate utility rehabilitation work.

Highway 23 is closed from Wilson Avenue to Lincoln Avenue to allow crews to reconstruct the Wilson Avenue intersection. This work includes water main, storm sewer, curb and gutter, bituminous surfacing, lighting and a new signal system.

Motorists using Highway 23 are detoured onto Lincoln Avenue to 1st Street North. Wilson Avenue will remain open during this work and traffic will be crossing
Highway 23 on a gravel surface at the intersection. Work will be completed by early November.

The first section of structural deck (193' 4") for span 2 over the river was poured today, Thursday, July 30. The remaining deck pours are scheduled over the next two weeks.

Work continues at the Wilson Avenue intersection on watermain, storm sewer and grading. Curb and gutter work will follow the grading work east of the bridge on Highway 23.

Crews are working on retaining walls on the east side of river.

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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