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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Hwy 36 now single-lane in each direction in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater

Night work near the Beach Road bridge begins week of April 14

April 4, 2014

STILLWATER, Minn. – Traffic on Highway 36 is now reduced to a single lane in both directions from Highway 95 to the Washington Avenue/Norell Avenue intersection, while crews reconstruct Highway 36. Motorists will experience single-lane traffic along this stretch through November 2014, weather permitting.

Construction crews also began work on the South Frontage Road between Osgood Avenue and Club Tara. The road closed to through traffic on March 31 and will remain closed until early-July 2014, weather permitting. Local access for businesses and residents will always be available either from the west using Osgood Avenue or from the east using Stagecoach Trail.

Motorists should plan for the following upcoming construction impacts in the Highways 36/95 area.

Night work near the Beach Road bridge

Night work begins the week of April 14 in the vicinity of the Beach Road bridge, weather permitting. Construction activities include crushing operations to recycle existing pavement. Crews do not anticipate hauling any materials during the overnight hours. Nearby residents and businesses may experience some visual and noise disruptions related to the night work. Typical overnight work hours will occur from Monday through Saturday. This work will last for approximately three weeks.

Land preparation work in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater

Land preparation work—including clearing trees and shrubs—is anticipated to occur near the Oakgreen Avenue/Greeley Street intersection and on Highway 95 north of Highway 36 beginning the week of April 7 for approximately two to three weeks, weather permitting.

During 2014 construction, Highway 36 and Highway 95 in Minnesota will remain open. Access to businesses and residences will be available at all times.

WIS 35 overpass

Crews poured concrete for the south footing of the new WIS 35 overpass over WIS 64 this past week. Construction crews also removed more topsoil and dirt for the stormwater pond located where the new WIS 64 will travel under WIS 35.

Due to the recent snowfall, construction crews will resume work April 7 on the new WIS 35 overpass. Anticipated work for the week of April 7 includes continuing excavation for the stormwater pond and pouring the remainder of the concrete for the WIS 35 overpass south abutment footing.

Pile driving for St. Croix Crossing bridge piers

Oak Park Heights and Stillwater residents continue to hear repeated banging noises due to pile driving work for the bridge pier foundations on the Minnesota shoreline. This work will occur Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., through May 2014, weather permitting.

Additional pile driving for the bridge falsework will continue into the summer months. Falsework is a series of temporary structures that support the bridge spans during construction. The structures remain in place until the bridge can support itself.

In addition, pile driving to construct the pier on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River will occur during the 2014 construction season.

Minnesota approach work will be substantially complete by the end of 2014 and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge/Wisconsin approach work will be complete in late summer/early fall 2016. When all work is finished, motorists will have smoother highway pavement surfaces, improved flow at intersections, an improved frontage road system—including safer access—and a new river crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin. All of this will occur while maintaining or restoring the area’s cultural, historic and environmental resources.

More detailed information and maps showing the 2014 construction schedule are available at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

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