First set of pier towers is complete
July 29, 2015
County Road E in Wisconsin now detoured
STILLWATER, Minn. – Pier tower construction at Pier 8 on the St. Croix River—closest to the Minnesota shoreline—is complete. Construction crews finished westbound (downstream) pier tower construction the week of July 20 and completed the final concrete pour for the eastbound (upstream) pier tower on Monday, July 27.
Pier tower construction at Pier 9 is progressing, as well. Crews anticipate completing the eastbound pier tower the week of August 3 and the westbound pier tower in mid-August. They also began placing reinforcement bar for the eastbound pier tower at Pier 12—closest to the Wisconsin shoreline—this week.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation detoured County Road E in Houlton on Monday, July 27, as part of St. Croix Crossing Wisconsin approach work. The detour is in place through September. It uses WIS 35, County Road V and County Road E. See detour map.
Crews will begin excavating County Road E as early as this week. Motorists are reminded to heed the detour route. Do not drive around the barricades, in the ditch or on the Houlton Elementary School grounds.
Other St. Croix Crossing bridge construction highlights
- Construction crews continue to place pre-cast river bridge segments at Piers 8 and 9 on the St. Croix River.
- Crews are placing rebar for the second of three sections of the Pier 10 crossbeam.
- Crews are placing rebar for the second of three sections of the Pier 11 crossbeam.
- Crews are constructing the top sections of the east and west pier tables at Pier 12. Night work is occurring at this pier location.
- Crews will begin excavating for the Pier 13 foundation footings this week. Pier 13 is the single pier located on the Wisconsin bluff.
- Crews are removing the falsework that supported construction of one half of the cast-in-place Hwy 95 eastbound Minnesota approach ramp. This process is ongoing through August.
- Crews are installing falsework for the cast-in-place Highway 36 eastbound Minnesota approach ramp.
- Crews will complete construction of the new Highway 36 eastbound Minnesota approach span between the west bridge abutment and Pier 1E early next week. They will fill a four-foot gap between the completed spans with reinforcement bar and concrete, called a closure pour.
- Crews are installing pre-cast segments from the west bridge abutment out to the completed Pier 1W span in Minnesota.
Other Wisconsin approach construction highlights
Motorists are now using the new WIS 35/Main Street roundabout in Wisconsin. All roundabout construction in this area, including asphalt paving, will be complete the week of August 3.
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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