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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Hwy 36 traffic switch to newly paved lanes planned for week of July 14

For safety, crews request the public to heed ‘no trespassing’ signage

July 10, 2014

STILLWATER, Minn. – Motorists should expect a traffic switch on Highway 36 to the newly paved westbound lanes the week of July 14, weather permitting. Crews plan to transfer the single-lane traffic in each direction between Washington/Norell Avenue and Highway 95. This is needed while crews begin work to reconstruct the eastbound lanes. Highway 36 will remain single-lane in each direction through the end of 2014 construction.

St. Croix Crossing road crews have recently experienced some trespassing on the project site, specifically near Wisconsin road approach work, while heavy equipment is moving around the project site. This puts workers and trespassers at tremendous risk. Crews ask the public to stay clear of the construction zone and heed ‘no trespassing’ signage.  

Other project updates, weather permitting, include:

Minnesota road work

Crews will resume overnight work near Highway 36 at the Beach Road bridge beginning the week of July 14. Work includes crushing old pavement to recycle and use for you road base of the new Highway 36 lanes. Crews do not plan to haul any material during overnight hours. Nearby residents may experience some visual and noise disruptions related to this overnight work. Crews will work 24-hours from 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Sunday for approximately two weeks. Additional overnight work may occur, as needed, throughout the construction season.

The Greeley Street intersection at Highway 36 and the North Frontage Road will open by Saturday, July 12. The closure does not impact Oakgreen Avenue south of Highway 36, Highway 36 through traffic, or North Frontage Road traffic. Local resident and business access is available by following the posted detour. Work on the new alignment of the Greeley Street/Oakgreen Avenue intersection at Highway 36 will continue through fall 2014.

The Lookout Trail/Highway 95 intersection is closed 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.

The South Frontage Road east of Osgood Avenue is anticipated to reopen in mid-July after crews complete utility work and reconstruct the road. Local access to businesses and residents is available from the east using Stagecoach Trail.

Throughout 2014 construction, Highway 36 and Highway 95 in Minnesota will remain open.

Wisconsin road work

Crews continue grading work to construct the new WIS 64 road and County Road E interchange near Houlton. Crews completed the WIS 35 overpass bridge located one mile south of Houlton in early July. The WIS 35 detour is no long in effect.

River bridge

Work on the pier columns and crossbeams for the new St. Croix Crossing continues.

  • Construction crews continue pile driving for the Hwy 36 abutment footings located west of Hwy 95. This is the last pile driving activity for pier footings on Minnesota land. However, additional pile is being driven for falsework and this activity will continue throughout the summer.
  • Area residents may see crossbeam preparation work beginning to occur at Pier 9. Crossbeam work is already underway at Pier 8—which is the pier closest to the Minnesota shoreline. The crossbeam connects the upstream and downstream pier columns at each pier location.   

A no wake zone is no longer in effect on the St. Croix River due to high water levels. A one-mile long narrowed river channel and no wake worker safety zone remains in place near bridge construction. Boaters are asked to stay between the red and green buoys and respect the no wake worker safety zone between Stillwater and Bayport throughout construction.

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 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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