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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Work underway at all five St. Croix River pier locations

Greeley Street partial intersection closure to occur early July

June 19, 2014

STILLWATER, Minn. – Construction work is underway at all five pier locations in the St. Croix River. On Monday, June 16, construction crews began forming the pier base at Pier 11. All of the river pier locations are at various stages of completion. Pier 8 is the furthest along in the construction process. Here, crews are constructing the falsework for the crossbeam. The crossbeam will connect the upstream pier tower to the downstream pier tower.

In addition, crews have completed the pier base pour at Pier 10 in the river. Night work continues at this pier location and will be ongoing through fall 2014. This week, one more pier on Minnesota land reached its full height. A total of ten out of 23 land piers are now at full height. Crews have also started pier construction on Pier 3 for the eastbound ramp. See progress map.

Greeley Street closure and other Minnesota roadway work

The Greeley Street intersection closure between Highway 36 and the North Frontage Road in Stillwater was anticipated to close to traffic for six days beginning Monday, June 23. This is now delayed to early July. Crews need to complete North Frontage Road work before they can temporarily close that part of the Greeley Street intersection. Recent rain has slightly delayed the schedule. Motorists should watch signage for specific closure dates.

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. Local resident and business access will be available at all times.

Other project road work updates, weather permitting, are:

Openings

  • Road reconstruction on Osgood Avenue north of Highway 36 is anticipated to be complete the week of June 23.
  • The North Frontage Road between Northwestern Avenue and Osgood Avenue—except near Greeley Street—is anticipated to be complete the week of June 23. Construction on the right-in only from Highway 36 to the North Frontage Road will be complete by the end of 2014.
  •  The South Frontage Road east of Osgood Avenue is anticipated to re-open by early July.

Traffic shifts/closures

  • Traffic on Highway 36 is anticipated to switch to the newly-constructed westbound lanes in 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 north of Highway 36 is anticipated to switch to newly-constructed northbound lanes the week of June 30. This traffic shift will allow crews to complete work on the southbound lanes of Highway 95 and the intersection of Highway 95 and Lookout Trail.
  • The intersection of Lookout Trail and Highway 95 is anticipated to close the week of June 30 through late summer. Access to and from Lookout Trail and Highway 95 will be available at all times by following the signed detour. The intersection is being converted to a right-in/right-out only to increase its safety and functionality following lane additions on Highway 95. 

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

Last week, the contractor poured the bridge deck for the new WIS 35 overpass that will travel over the newly-aligned WIS 64.

The anticipated work schedule for the week of June 23 includes:

  • Removing more soil for the ramps at the new interchange at County E
  • Pouring additional concrete for the bridge
  • Paving WIS 35
  • Placing gravel on the shoulder following the asphalt placement
  • Installing railing on the new bridge

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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