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St. Croix Crossing

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

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All river bridge crossbeam construction complete this week

Oct. 7, 2015

New County Road E alignment opens in Wisconsin

STILLWATER, Minn. – The St. Croix Crossing project will reach a significant river bridge pier construction milestone this week when the contractor completes the fifth of five total crossbeams. The crossbeam connects the upstream and downstream pier columns at each river pier location. Crossbeam construction began at Pier 8, closest to the Minnesota shoreline, in spring 2014. Construction crews are currently post-tensioning the final crossbeam at Pier 11.

Prior to the winter season, the contractor anticipates reaching another major construction milestone: completing three of five river piers. Piers 8 and 9 are complete, while pier tower construction remains to be complete at Pier 12, closest to the Wisconsin shoreline. Crews completed the final concrete pour for the eastbound tower on Monday, Oct. 5. See river piers construction progress map.

New County Road E alignment opens to traffic
The new alignment for WIS 35/County Road E and School Road is anticipated to open to traffic on Thursday, Oct. 8. However, motorists will not be able to travel north and south from the County Road E interchange onto WIS 64 until the new river crossing is complete in 2017. WIS 64 remains accessible on the north end of the project from WIS 35.

Other St. Croix Crossing bridge construction highlights

  • Construction crews are installing the second set of stay cables at Piers 8 and 9.
  • Crews have started pier table construction at Pier 10.
  • Pile driving continues through October for the foundation of Pier 13, the single pier location on the Wisconsin bluff.

St. Croix Crossing Minnesota approach construction update
Construction crews continue to place segments on land at Pier 2 for the Minnesota approach. This pier location is east of the completed approach bridge sections at Pier 1, adjacent to Highway 95. More than half of the eastbound approach segments and nearly one-fourth of the westbound approach segments are installed at Pier 2.

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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