St. Croix Crossing final work and mitigation
Although the Hwy 36 St. Croix river crossing opened to traffic on Wed, Aug. 2, 2017, additional work remains to complete the project. Work continuing in 2018 includes:
- Final cleanup and landscaping spring/summer 2018
- Rehabilitation and conversion of Stillwater Lift bridge to bicycle/pedestrian traffic and to serve boat traffic (see below)
- Construction of the Upper Loop Trail in Minnesota, including a parking lot (See details below)
- Completion of Loop Trail, trailhead and parking lot in Wisconsin
Aug. 2, 2017 through June 2019
- The Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River between Stillwater, MN and Houlton, WI is closed to ALL traffic
- Traffic has been transferred to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge to the south in Oak Park Heights as the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be converted to a bicycle/pedestrian crossing. It will reopen for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only and lift for boats in June of 2019.
- Note: The Stillwater Lift Bridge lift schedule ended in late Oct. 2017.
Construction of the upper loop trail along Hwy 95 north of the new St. Croix Crossing will begin this spring (2018). Construction will include new drainage structures beneath Hwy 95 near the Oasis Café’. Work beneath Hwy 95 near the café’ will require closing Hwy 95 north of Hwy 36. Traffic will detour for up to 30 days during the summer of 2018.
Downtown Stillwater from Hwy 36: North on Co. Rd. 15 (Manning Ave.), east on 75th St. (Co. Rd. 12). 75th St. becomes Myrtle Ave. as it nears downtown Stillwater.
Hwy 95 north of Stillwater from Hwy 36: North on Co. Rd. 15 (Manning Ave.), east on Hwy 96 to Hwy 95 north of Stillwater.
NOTE: Hwy 95 just north of Hwy 36 will remain open to Sunnyside Marina ONLY.
The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a test deviation for the Stillwater Lift Bridge's lift schedule during the 2017 boating season. During last year's season, the bridge opened daily, every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. until midnight, and upon two hour notice from midnight until 8 a.m. This test deviation was effective from 8 a.m. Aug. 23, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15, 2017. Public comment was accepted during and after the test schedule period. The comment period is now closed.
The Coast Guard will announce its decision on the 2018 Stillwater Lift Bridge lift schedule will be announced prior to the 2018 boating season. The 2018 schedule will be in accordance with Coast Guard Regulations -- 33 CFR 117.667.
During rehabilitation of the lift bridge, efforts will be made to minimize impacts to river traffic during the navigation season.