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St. Croix Crossing

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

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River bridge deck construction wrapping up for the season

Other construction activities on water and on land continue

Nov. 18, 2015

STILLWATER, Minn. – St. Croix Crossing river bridge deck construction is nearing winter shut-down for the 2015 construction season as the temperature becomes too cold for the contractor to place additional segments.

Epoxy, a strong adhesive used to join segments, cannot be applied when the temperature is below 28 degrees. Construction crews will resume river bridge deck construction in spring 2016.

As of the week of Nov. 16,

  • 59 percent of segments are installed at Pier 8, closest to the Minnesota shoreline
  • 55 percent of segments are installed at Pier 9
  • 7 percent of segments are installed at Pier 12, closest to the Wisconsin bluff

In addition, half of the stay cables are installed at Pier 8 and nearly 40 percent of the stay cables are installed at Pier 9.

Other construction activities on the St. Croix River are ongoing. See winter 2015-16 work schedule (PDF).

  • Pier table construction continues at Piers 10 and 11 through December.
  • Crews anticipate completing the first concrete pours for both the eastbound and westbound Pier 10 towers this week.
  • Crews are starting to place reinforcement bar, or rebar, for the eastbound Pier 11 tower this week.
  • Crews continue to construct Pier 13’s foundation, the single pier located on the Wisconsin bluff. They completed pile driving on Nov. 9.

Minnesota approach construction update

Construction crews continue to place pre-cast segments on land for the Minnesota approach, though this construction activity will halt for the winter due to cold temperatures.  

  • Crews anticipate completing the westbound closure pour at Pier 2 before the Thanksgiving holiday. Once complete, there will be a seamless westbound connection from the west abutment at Highway 95 out to Pier 2 for the Highway 36 approach.
  • Crews continue to construct the off-ramp to Highway 95. About 36 percent of segments are installed at Pier 2 for this span and construction will continue as weather allows.
  • Crews are starting to place rebar for the cast-in-place eastbound Highway 36 approach bridge. This is one of several construction activities that will continue during the winter. See winter 2015-16 work schedule (PDF).

Thanksgiving holiday construction schedule

The Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, the project’s bridge construction contractor, will not be working Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29.

Minn. Loop Trail construction update

The contractor is installing railing for 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.

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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