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Highway 23 Project News
Aug. 7, 2009

Workzone at night

August 7 - 14

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

Note Traffic Impact:

  • Beginning on Monday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., crews will close 9th/10th Avenue to remove the sheeting under the Lake George bridge. The roadway will reopen to traffic at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, or sooner, if the work is completed earlier than anticipated. Please follow the posted detour.

Traffic on Highway 23/Division Street in St. Cloud will continue using the new westbound lanes throughout the entire length of the project. The 5th, 6th and 7th Avenue intersections are now open to traffic from all directions, but will require temporary closures 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. Curb work is scheduled for late this week, with paving scheduled early next week. Motorists should follow the signed detour which utilizes 14th Avenue and 7th Street. Westbound left turns at Washington Memorial Drive are still prohibited for the remainder of 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.

Concrete sidewalk is scheduled to resume on 9th Avenue and the eastbound on-ramp Thursday and Friday of this week.

Concrete pours continue on the Lake George bridge with the beam placement scheduled to begin on Wednesday or Thursday of next week. This work will require night closures of 9th/10th Avenue. More information will be sent to you as soon as those dates have been determined.

The signal system installation at Washington Memorial Drive will continue this week.

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.

4th Avenue to Wilson Avenue; Mississippi River Bridge

Note Traffic Impact:

  • Beginning late August the Highway 23 traffic detour at 4th Avenue West and Highway 23 will be revised. The Highway 23 traffic will be detoured on 5th Avenue West and 1st Avenue South. Motorists will be directed north on 5th Avenue to 1st Avenue South (1 block) and then east back to 4th Avenue (1 block). This change in the detour route for Highway 23 traffic is necessary to construct the new intersection of 4th Avenue West and Highway 23. Once the intersection at 4th Avenue is complete, traffic will be returned to 4th Avenue.

Two deck pours are scheduled for early next week over pier #1 and pier #2. This will compete the structural deck for the bridge. Railing and sidewalk work will begin this week and continue though the next few weeks. The final installation of the water main brackets under the bridge will take place, along with the testing of the main, next week. The bridge approach panels construction will follow.

Crews are finishing the grading and base work on the east side at Wilson Avenue. Curb and gutter is scheduled for next week. Grading will begin on the west side of the bridge next week.

Some barges are being removed from the river.

The project is on schedule for completion in early November.

Existing local and truck detours will remain in place.

Project Updates

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

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