St. Croix Crossing aerial view

St. Croix Crossing

Connecting Oak Park Heights, Minn. and St. Joseph, Wis.

Summer 2017

view of St. Croix Crossing from lift bridge
View of St. Croix Crossing from the Lift Bridge. Photo from June 1.
St. Croix Crossing bridge - abatement work
Wisconsin crews installed the pavement approach panel at the east abutment last week and expect to begin paving Highway 64 next week. Photo from June 1.
St. Croix Crossing Piers 9-12, looking east toward the Wisc. bluffs.
Piers 9-12, looking east toward the Wisconsin bluffs. Photo from June 1.
Aerial view of St. Croix Crossing looking west toward Minn.
Aerial view of St. Croix Crossing looking west toward Minn. Photo from June 5.
Looking east from the St. Croix Crossing Pier 10 overlook.
Looking east from the Pier 10 overlook. Photo from June 5.
Wisconsin crews worked on installing the barrier, curb, and gutter on the newly paved Highway 64
Wisconsin crews worked on installing the barrier, curb, and gutter on the newly paved Highway 64 last week. Photo from June 15, looking west toward the east abutment.
Crews have finished chip sealing on the approach bridges and have begun chip sealing on eastbound Hwy 36 at Piers 10-12 over the river.
Crews have finished chip sealing on the approach bridges and have begun chip sealing on eastbound Hwy 36 at Piers 10-12 over the river. Photo from June 19 of Piers 10-12, looking east toward the Wisc. bluffs.
Crews have finished coloring in the lettering on the Minn. exit sign located between eastbound Hwy 36 and the exit ramp to Hwy 95.
Crews have finished coloring in the lettering on the Minn. exit sign located between eastbound Hwy 36 and the exit ramp to Hwy 95. Photo from June 19.
Chip sealing on eastbound Hwy 36
Chip sealing on eastbound Hwy 36 this week. After that, crews will begin chip sealing on westbound Hwy 36. All chip sealing is expected to be completed in mid-July, weather permitting. Photo from June 19.
Electrical work continues on St. Croix Crossing bridge
Electrical work continues. Crews removed the project’s temporary power this week at Pier 10. Photo from June 27.
Looking east toward the Wisc. shoreline.
Looking east toward the Wisc. shoreline. Photo from July 6.
Aerial view of Piers 8-12, looking east toward Wisc.
Aerial view of Piers 8-12, looking east toward Wisc. Photo from July 6.
Aerial view of St. Croix Crossing and the Stillwater Lift Bridge
Aerial view of St. Croix Crossing and the Stillwater Lift Bridge from July 6.
Crews have finished spreading grass seed around the Minn. exit sign located between Highway 36 eastbound and the exit ramp to Highway 95.
Crews have finished spreading grass seed around the Minn. exit sign located between EB Hwy 36 and the exit ramp to Hwy 95. Photo from July 10, looking east.
Crews begin chip sealing on WB Hwy 36.
Crews begin chip sealing on WB Hwy 36. Photo from July 10, looking west toward the Minn. shoreline.
Painting continues at spans 8, 10, and 14. Crews are painting most of the bridge with rollers and brushes to avoid overspray issues and to apply a more even coat of paint.
Painting continues at spans 8, 10, and 14. Crews are painting most of the bridge with rollers and brushes to avoid overspray issues and to apply a more even coat of paint. Photo from July 10, looking east from Pier 8.
CLooking west toward the east abutment. Wisconsin crews finished lane striping and installing rumble strips on Hwy 64.
Looking west toward the east abutment. Wisconsin crews finished lane striping and installing rumble strips on Hwy 64. Photo from July 17.
CCrews finish up chip seal on WB Hwy 36 over the river.
Crews finish up chip seal on WB Hwy 36 over the river. Photo from July 17.
Crews begin chip sealing the Loop Trail on the bridge. The pedestrian/bike Loop Trail is 12 ft. wide on the bridge and includes three overlooks at Piers 8, 10, and 12.
Crews begin chip sealing the Loop Trail on the bridge. The pedestrian/bike Loop Trail is 12 ft. wide on the bridge and includes three overlooks at Piers 8, 10, and 12. Photo from July 20, looking east over the Hwy 95 off-ramp.
Crews work on installing trail lighting in the ornamental railing.
Crews work on installing trail lighting in the ornamental railing. Photo from July 20, looking east from Pier 10.
Site restoration, including wetland restoration, continues east and west of the railroad tracks near the intersection of Hwy 36 and Hwy 95.
Site restoration, including wetland restoration, continues east and west of the railroad tracks near the intersection of Hwy 36 and Hwy 95. Photo from July 17, looking west from Hwy 36.
Painting continues underneath the bridge and on the lower parts of the piers.
Painting continues underneath the bridge and on the lower parts of the piers. Photo from July 20.
Lane striping on the bridge has been completed..
Lane striping on the bridge has been completed. Photos from July 20.
An estimated 2,500 people attended the dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the St. Croix Crossing.
An estimated 2,500 people attended the dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the St. Croix Crossing. Photo from Aug. 2.
From left to right: Governor Mark Dayton, Evelyn Kozlowski, daughter of Stillwater mayor Ted Kozlowski, and Governor Scott Walker cutting the ribbon.
From left to right: Governor Mark Dayton, Evelyn Kozlowski, daughter of Stillwater mayor Ted Kozlowski, and Governor Scott Walker cutting the ribbon. Photo from Aug. 2.
Cutting the ribbon.
Cutting the ribbon. Photo from Aug. 2.
St. Croix Crossing dedication ceremony guests.
St. Croix Crossing dedication ceremony guests. Photo from Aug. 2.
View of the newly opened St. Croix Crossing, looking south from the Stillwater Lift Bridge.
View of the newly opened St. Croix Crossing, looking south from the Stillwater Lift Bridge. Photo from Aug. 2.
Bird’s eye view of the St. Croix Crossing dedication ceremony, looking east toward the new bridge.
Bird’s eye view of the St. Croix Crossing dedication ceremony, looking east toward the new bridge. Photo from Aug. 2.
The first cars cross the bridge on the evening of Aug. 2.
The first cars cross the bridge on the evening of Aug. 2. Photo from David Gonzalez.
Traffic crosses the St. Croix Crossing on the evening of Aug. 2..
Traffic crosses the St. Croix Crossing on the evening of Aug. 2. Photo from David Gonzalez.
Traffic crosses the St. Croix Crossing Aug. 3 after opening to traffic the evening of Aug. 2.
Traffic crosses the St. Croix Crossing Aug. 3 after opening to traffic the evening of Aug. 2. Photo from Aug. 3, looking west.
LTraffic crosses the St. Croix Crossing Aug. 3 after opening to traffic the evening of Aug. 2.
Traffic crosses the St. Croix Crossing Aug. 3 after opening to traffic the evening of Aug. 2. Photo from Aug. 3, looking east from the Beach Road bridge.

Spring 2017

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Looking west from Pier 5. Construction on the concrete barrier has begun. The barrier will separate traffic. Photo from Apr. 4.
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Looking west to the Minn. shoreline. Photo from Apr. 6.
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Construction continues on the Minnesota exit sign located between Highway 36 eastbound and the exit ramp to Highway 95. Photo from Apr. 10.
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Installation of the drainage pipe continues. Photo from Apr. 10.
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Construction on the concrete barrier continues. Photo from Apr. 10.
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Crews continue to backfill the east abutment wall on the Wisconsin end. Photo from Apr. 10.
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Looking south from Pier 9. Removal of the King Plant mooring cells has begun. The cells were used to hold barges that carried construction materials, including the 180-ton bridge segments until they were prepared for lifting into place. All cells should be removed by early-July and the riverbed will be restored for habitat and wildlife. Photo from April 10.
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Looking east across the Highway 95 westbound off-ramp. Deck grinding on the ramp is underway. Photo from Apr. 18.
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Looking east across the Highway 95 westbound off-ramp. Crews have finished deck grinding on the ramp. Deck grinding on the bridge will continue intermittently through July. Photo from Apr. 25.
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Painting has begun on the pier towers. The paint is a tan color to reflect the color of the river bluffs. Photo from Apr. 25.
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Installation of the drainage pipe continues. The drainage pipe will carry water runoff to a holding pond in Minnesota where the water will be filtered. Photo taken May 1 under the bridge deck.
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Bird’s eye view of Piers 10-12, looking east toward the Wisc. shoreline. Photo from May 5.
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Crews have placed the new Minn. exit sign located between Hwy 36 eastbound and the exit ramp to Hwy 95. Photo from May 8.
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Looking west toward the east abutment on the Wisc. end. Crews have installed the approach panel and the backfill is near completion. Photo from May 8.
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Crews install an expansion joint at Pier 7. Photo from May 15.
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Looking east from Pier 7. Crews began installing the ornamental railing on the north side of the bridge the week of May 8th. Photo from May 15.
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Removal of the King Plant mooring cells continues. Over half of the 24 cells have been removed. The cells were used to hold barges that carried construction materials. All cells should be removed by early July and the riverbed will be restored for habitat and wildlife. Photo from May 15.
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Looking east toward Wisc. from Pier 9. Crews continue to paint the pier towers. Photo from May 22.
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Crews deck grinding in preparation for chip seal on the approach bridges. Photo from May 22.
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View of completed chip seal looking east across the soon-to-be Highway 36 eastbound and westbound lanes. Chip sealing began the week of May 8th and will continue in June. Photo from May 22.

Winter 2016-17

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At the beginning of December, crews removed the formwork at the Pier 12 overlook. Photo from Dec. 1, 2016.
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In preparation for the closure pour, crews placed rebar and tendons in the gap between Piers 10 and 11. Crews anticipate completing all closure pours by mid-February. Photo from Dec. 15, 2016.
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Looking west at Piers 8–12 and the Minn. approach work from above the Wisc. shoreline. Photo from Jan. 14, 2017.
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Looking west at Piers 8–12 and the Minn. approach work from above the Wisc. shoreline. Photo from Jan. 14, 2017.
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Crews close up the stay cables at Pier 11. They use the pictured blue hydraulic clamping device to get the 76 individual strands into a tight circle so the dampers can be installed. The dampers help minimize any vibration in the cables due to wind or other loadings. Photo from Jan. 19, 2017.
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Crews continue to install the drainage pipe that will carry water runoff to a holding pond in Minnesota where the water will be filtered. The drainage system is anticipated to be complete by the end of July. Photo from Jan. 26, 2017.
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Crews pour concrete for the Pier 11 deck skirt. The deck skirt is the area surrounding the stay cable anchors. Photo from Feb. 14, 2017.
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View of the Span 9 closure pour that was completed on Feb. 9. Photo from Feb. 21, 2017.
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Looking east towards Piers 9 – 12 from atop Pier 8. Photo from Feb. 21, 2017.
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Looking west at the Minn. approach work from atop Pier 8. Photo from Feb. 27, 2017.
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Inside span 12. Bridge deck segments are hollow so routine maintenance can occur and to reduce the overall weight of the bridge. Photo from Feb. 27, 2017.
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Construction on the Pier 12 deck skirt continues. The deck skirt is the area surrounding the stay cable anchors. Photo from Mar. 6.
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View from the soon-to-be Hwy 36 eastbound and westbound lanes. Photo from Mar. 6.
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Looking west from the Wisc. shoreline towards the east abutment at Span 14. Photo from Mar. 6.
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Looking west from underneath Minn. approach bridges. All falsework has been removed. Photo from Mar. 6.
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View of Piers 8 -12. Photo taken from the Minn. shoreline on Mar. 14.