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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 moved to week of July 21

24-hour work on Highway 36 begins July 21

July 18, 2014

STILLWATER, Minn. – Motorists should expect a traffic switch on Highway 36 to the newly paved westbound lanes the week of July 21, weather permitting. A recent rain event delayed paving, which delayed the traffic switch. Crews plan to transfer the single-lane traffic in each direction between Washington/Norell Avenue and Highway 95. This is needed while they reconstruct the eastbound lanes. Highway 36 will remain single-lane in each direction through the end of 2014 construction.

Construction crews will begin overnight work at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21, weather permitting, on Highway 36 between Northwestern Avenue and Osgood Avenue. This 24-hour work is needed to work efficiently, remain on schedule and complete Minnesota highway construction by the end of 2014. Additional night work in other locations will begin in late-July and in mid-August.

Location of night work and tentative schedule

  • Eastbound lanes of Highway 36 from Northwestern Ave to Osgood Ave -- July 21 through mid-August
  • Storm water pond at southwest corner of Highway 36 and Oakgreen Avenue intersection -- late July through fall
  • South Frontage Road from slightly west of Oakgreen Ave to Osgood Ave -- mid-August through fall

Construction activities include excavation, backfilling, grading and hauling. In general, crews will work 24-hours per day from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Saturday. Nearby residences and businesses may experience some visual and noise disruptions related to the night work. Additional overnight work may occur, as needed, throughout the construction season. 

Other project updates, weather permitting, include:

Minnesota road work

Overnight work to paint the Beach Road bridge will occur 1 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, to Wednesday, July 23. During this work, expect traffic delays on Highway 36. Law enforcement will be on site to help guide traffic.

Crews resumed overnight work this week near Highway 36 at the Beach Road bridge. Work includes crushing old pavement to recycle and use for the road base of the new Highway 36 lanes. Crews do not plan to haul any material during overnight hours. Nearby residences 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.

The South Frontage Road east of Osgood Avenue is anticipated to reopen the week of July 21, weather permitting, after crews complete utility work and reconstruct the road. Local access to businesses and residents is available from the east using Stagecoach Trail.

The pedestrian/bicycle trail located south of 60th Street and north of Oak Park Road is closed between Oakgreen Avenue and just west of Oldfield Avenue as of Thursday, July 17. During the closure, trail users should follow the posted detour using alternative trails located on the west side of Oakgreen Avenue, south side of Oak Park Road and just east of Oak Park Heights City Hall. The trail closure is needed to allow crews to work on the new alignment of the Oakgreen Avenue and South Frontage Road intersection. It is anticipated to be in place through the end of fall.

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

Wisconsin road work

Construction crews continue grading work to construct the new WIS 64 road and County Road E interchange near Houlton. This week, crews also painted the new WIS 35 overpass, which opened to traffic in early July.

River bridge

On Minnesota land, pile driving for the Highway 36 abutment footings located west of Highway 95 will continue through next week. This is the last pile driving activity for pier footings on Minnesota land. However, additional pile driving will occur to place falsework for the approach spans. This activity will continue throughout the summer.

On the St. Croix River, work on the pier columns and crossbeams for the new St. Croix Crossing continues.

  • Construction crews continue tying reinforcement steel for the Pier 8 crossbeam, the pier closest to the Minnesota shoreline. The crossbeam connects the upstream and downstream pier columns at each pier location.   
  • Crews are preparing Pier 9 for crossbeam construction.
  • Crews completed the first of three sections to the bridge deck of the downstream pier column at Pier 10.
  • Crews completed the third of four sections to the bridge deck of the pier columns at Pier 12.
  • Crews expect to begin removing the main structure of the Xcel barge unloader the week of July 21. This process will take several months to complete.

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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