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St. Croix Crossing

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

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St. Croix Crossing Minnesota approach road construction complete

Boaters stay clear of bridge construction site during holiday weekend activities

July 1, 2015

STILLWATER, Minn. – All major road work as part of the St. Croix Crossing Minnesota approach contract is complete. However, traffic impacts are possible throughout the remainder of the construction season as a result of other project-related activities.

  • Minnesota road work clean-up: Minor Minnesota road work clean-up activities will occur through July. Motorists may experience temporary shoulder closures.
  • Weigh-in-motion construction: Lane and shoulder closures on westbound Highway 36 west of Osgood Avenue will occur to allow construction crews to install weigh-in-motion loops under the pavement. In addition, the exit ramp from westbound Highway 36 to Highway 5 will be temporarily narrowed to allow crews to widen the ramp. The ramp needs to be widened to provide law enforcement with a safe place to properly weigh any commercial vehicles that trigger the weigh-in-motion loops on Highway 36.

Other St. Croix Crossing project construction activities occurring in 2015 that will not impact motorists include:

  • Landscape restoration within the Highway 36 corridor. These activities are currently in progress and no additional lane closures are anticipated.
  • Minnesota welcome monument construction on Highway 36 east of Osgood Avenue and south of the Washington County Government Center. This construction is currently in progress and no additional lane closures are anticipated.
  • Phase I of Loop Trail construction from north of Sunnyside Marina to north of Nelson Street in downtown Stillwater. This construction begins in mid-August.

July 4 holiday weekend safety reminder

St. Croix Crossing bridge construction will shut down Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. For safety reasons, visitors and boaters in the Stillwater area are reminded to stay clear of St. Croix Crossing construction sites. Thank you for staying between the red and green buoys that designate the river channel.

There are many other work zones around Minnesota and Wisconsin that may impact holiday travel. MnDOT and WisDOT urge motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Minnesota approach road work will be complete in summer 2015 and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge will open to traffic in 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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