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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Greeley Street partial intersection closure at Hwy 36 planned for June 23-28

WIS 35 overpass bridge deck pour began this week

June 12, 2014

STILLWATER, Minn. – The Greeley Street intersection between Highway 36 and the North Frontage Road in Stillwater is anticipated to close to traffic for six days from Monday, June 23, to Saturday, June 28, weather permitting.

During this closure, motorists on Greeley Street will not have access to and from Highway 36. Eastbound and westbound traffic on Highway 36 and the North Frontage Road will flow normally. The closure does not impact Oakgreen Avenue on the south side of Highway 36. The posted detour will use the North Frontage Road and Washington Avenue.

Other project road work updates, weather permitting, are:

  • The North Frontage Road between Northwestern Avenue and Osgood Avenue is anticipated to be complete by the end of June.
  • Road reconstruction on Osgood Avenue north of Highway 36 is anticipated to be complete by mid-June.
  • The South Frontage Road east of Osgood Avenue is anticipated to be open to traffic by early July.
  • Traffic on Highway 36 is anticipated to switch to the newly-constructed westbound lanes by early July. Highway 36 traffic from the Washington Avenue/Norell Avenue intersection to Highway 95 will remain single-lane through the end of 2014.
  • Traffic on Highway 95 is anticipated to switch to newly-constructed lanes by early July.

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

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

WIS 35 overpass work

This week, the contractor began pouring the bridge deck for the new WIS 35 overpass that will travel over the newly-aligned WIS 64. Other activities include:

  • Backfilling the bridge abutments
  • Removing soil at the new interchange at County E
  • Removing trees and shaping the shoulders on WIS 35 on either side of the new bridge

Some of these activities will continue next week. Construction crews also will place concrete for the bridge approaches and shoulders.

St. Croix Crossing work

Overnight work began on the St. Croix Crossing bridge on June 9 and is anticipated to continue through fall 2014.

This week, two more piers on Minnesota land reached their full height. A total of nine land piers are now at full height. In addition, two more pier columns are under construction and the Highway 36 abutment wall is complete. See progress map.

Other construction progress includes:

  • Construction crews will begin driving pile for the Highway 36 abutment and approach bridge falsework beginning the week of June 16.
  • Construction of the crossbeam at Pier 8—the closest river pier to Minnesota shore—is starting. The crossbeam will connect the two pier towers near the bridge driving surface.
  • Construction of the third of three sections to the bridge deck at Pier 9 continues. Construction of the crossbeam at Pier 9 is slated to begin at the end of June.
  • Crews are forming the first of three sections to the bridge deck at Pier 10. Night crews started work this week at this pier location to assemble reinforcement bar. 
  • Crews are forming the second of three sections to the bridge deck at Pier 12. Pier 12 is the river pier closest to the Wisconsin shore.

Public boat tours

The series of St. Croix Crossing paddleboat site visits are officially full. More boat tour dates are anticipated for the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons. Visit the project’s contacts page for other ways to stay connected to the project.

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.

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