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Minnesota approach and bridge work continue week of July 1; More impacts coming in mid-July

St. Croix Crossing Weekly Project Update June 28, 2013

STILLWATER, Minn.— Impacts for motorists and boaters on Highway 36, Highway 95, local roads and the St. Croix River during the week of July 1 remain very similar to previous weeks. Check out the info about the upcoming Highway 36/Highway 95 Minnesota approach work that begins in mid-July. This is your first heads up. For boaters, note that the DNR has made the St. Croix River a no wake zone because of high water levels. And finally, St. Croix Crossing is now on Twitter! Follow us @stcroixcrossing. All the details below:

Current traffic impacts/Minnesota approach work

Traffic impacts—including intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 and Highway 95, the temporary bypass and closed neighborhood access—remain the same as previous weeks. The temporary bypass runs through an active construction zone. For safety reasons, pedestrians are prohibited from walking on the bypass or through the construction zone. For a complete list of impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

Current river impacts/bridge foundations work

Because of high river levels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is enforcing a no wake zone on the entire St. Croix River. This will be in effect until the water level decreases, which is estimated to take at least one week. 

Crews continue work on piers near the Minnesota and Wisconsin shoreline. This includes, pile driving, caisson installation and excavation for pier footings. Work on Pier 8 stopped because of high water levels. This is expected to resume the week of July 8.

Crews will not work on the bridge foundations July 4-7; however, the restricted river channel will remain in place. Buoys between Stillwater and Bayport provide a designated work zone area and narrow the river channel to meet Coast Guard standards. After river levels decrease, MnDOT and WiSDOT request boaters to not create wakes in the restricted channel for the safety of crews working and equipment stability. They also request boaters to not enter the designated work zone.

Additional Highway 36 and Highway 95 work beginning mid-July

Crews will reconstruct Highway 36 east of Osgood Avenue and Highway 95 from Lookout Trail to Point Road. Traffic impacts begin mid-July and continue through the end of the 2013 construction season. Highway 36 and Highway 95 will remain open; however, traffic will experience several changes.

Highway 36

  • A traffic switch will occur in mid-July and continue through the end of September 2013.
  • Traffic on eastbound Highway 36 will crossover just west of Osgood Avenue and use a single lane on the westbound Highway 36 lanes. Because of this, westbound Highway 36 traffic will also use a single lane.
  • Highway 36 ramps to and from Beach Road will remain open. However, Beach Road is anticipated to close later this summer.
  • This traffic switch allows crews to reconstruct the Highway 36 eastbound lanes as well as ramps to and from Highway 95

Highway 36/Highway 95 junction

  • Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction of Highway 36 and Highway 95. This affects traffic going southbound on Highway 95 and eastbound on Highway 36 to northbound Highway 95. 
  • Nearby residents and businesses may experience some visual and noise disruptions beginning mid-July through the end of October, while crews excavate and haul excess dirt during daytime and overnight hours Monday through Saturday. This work is needed to construct the Highway 36 extension to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge. The haul route includes Beach Rd and Stagecoach Trail to Osprey St in Bayport.

Highway 95

  • Highway 95 traffic will use a single lane in each direction from Point Road to Lookout Trail from mid-July through the end of the 2013 construction season.
  • Crews will realign Highway 95, complete utility work and construct trails.
  • A Highway 95 weekend closure to remove the flyover bridge for eastbound Highway 36 to northbound Highway 95 will occur later this summer

Access to businesses along Highway 36 and Highway 95 will remain open at all times. Typical work hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until dusk. However, expect some overnight work.

Amid all of these impacts, keep the end product in mind. The Minnesota approach project will be complete by fall 2014, and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge will be complete in fall 2016. When work is done, you’ll have smoother highway pavement surfaces, improved flow at intersections, improved frontage road system and a new river crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As always, stay connected with us in these ways:

  • Visit the project website
  • Sign-up for weekly email updates
  • Call the hotline at 1-855-GO-CROIX (462-7649)
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter @stcroixcrossing
  • Stop by the St. Croix Crossing project office at 1862 Greeley St. S., Stillwater. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and extended office hours occur Tuesdays until 6:30 p.m.

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