St. Croix Crossing aerial view

St. Croix Crossing

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

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.

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.