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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Bridge deck construction at Pier 12 is underway

Oct. 28, 2015

STILLWATER, Minn. – The first set of pre-cast river bridge segments for the westbound lanes at Pier 12 – closest to the Wisconsin bluff – were lifted into position on Monday, Oct. 26.

It will take construction crews several days to survey, align and connect these segments to the pier. Next week, crews will lift and connect the first set of river bridge segments for the eastbound lanes at Pier 12.

Construction crews began placing river bridge segments at Piers 8 and 9—near the Minnesota shoreline—in early summer. Crews have placed nearly 60 percent of the segments that make up the river bridge deck at both Piers 8 and 9.

Other St. Croix Crossing bridge construction highlights

  • Construction crews are placing reinforcement bar, or rebar, for the first section of the Pier 10 eastbound tower.
  • Crews anticipate completing foundation pile driving for Pier 13 the week of Nov. 2. This is the single pier location on the Wisconsin bluff.

Minnesota approach construction update

Construction crews continue to place pre-cast segments on land for the Minnesota approach. They are on schedule to complete placing segments at Pier 2 for the Highway 36 approach bridges by mid-November.

Minn. Loop Trail construction update

This week, the project’s contractor will stripe—paint permanent markings on the pavement—the stretch of the Minnesota Loop Trail from north of Sunnyside Marina to north of Nelson Street in downtown Stillwater. This phase of Loop Trail construction will be complete by the end of November. Until then, the public should stay clear of the construction zone.

The new St. Croix Crossing bridge will open to traffic in 2017. When the St. Croix Crossing project 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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