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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Current construction impacts

On land in Minnesota

Traffic

South Frontage Road access
south frontage road access map
  • Hwy 36 traffic is single lane in each direction from Hwy 95 to the Washington Ave./Norell Ave. intersection through November 2014 while crews reconstruct the highway.
  • Hwy 95 traffic is single lane in each direction from Hwy 36 to the Sunnyside Marina north entrance through fall while crews complete work on the median and construct the bridge.
  • Construction on the S. Frontage Road from west of Oakgreen Ave to Osgood Ave. is ongoing through late-October, weather permitting. Motorists between Olene Ave and Oakgreen Ave are using a temporary frontage road while crews complete utility installation and road reconstruction on the S. Frontage Road. See map (PDF). Access to businesses/local roads is available at all times. Twenty-four hour work may begin in October and will occur as needed.
  • Current road closures
    current road closures near hwy 36
    Oakgreen Ave is closed between the S. Frontage Road and 58th St N through mid-November, weather permitting, while crews complete deep utility work. Local residence access is available at all times by following the signed detour (PDF).
  • The N. Frontage Road is closed between Industrial Blvd and Greeley St through mid-November, weather permitting, while crews construct the new alignment of the N. Frontage Road. Business access is available at all times by following the signed detour (PDF)
  • Traffic on Osgood Ave south of Hwy 36 is single lane in each direction on the east side of the road while crews work on utilities and road reconstruction on the west side. Then, traffic will shift to the west for crews to work on the east side. Construction on Osgood Ave will continue through late November.
  • Final driveway and paving work and construction of the noisewall along the S. Frontage Road between Osgood Ave and Club Tara is ongoing through November.
  • The right-in from Hwy 36 to the N. Frontage Road between Osgood Ave and Greeley St is currently closed for safety purposes.
  • The intersection of Lookout Trail/Hwy 95 is closed through mid-October, weather permitting. Access to/from Lookout Trail and Hwy 95 will be available at all times by following the signed detour (PDF).
  • The walking/biking trail located south of 60th St. and north of Oak Park Rd. is closed between Oakgreen Ave. and just west of Oldfield Ave through fall 2014. During the closure, trail users should follow the posted detour (PDF). The trail detour is needed while crews work on the new alignment of the Oakgreen Ave. and S. Frontage Road intersection.
  • Work to complete the trails on Beach Rd. and the S. Frontage Road east of Osgood Ave. will be ongoing though fall, weather permitting. Please use caution before using any trail in the construction zone. Through trails may look complete, many still have work remaining.
  • Access to businesses and residences along Hwy 36 and Hwy 95 will remain open at all times.

Noise/other impacts

  • Periodic pile driving for bridge falsework and Pier 13 located on the Wisc. bluff will occur through winter 2015. Falsework is a series of temporary structures that support the bridge spans during construction until the bridge can support itself.
  • Construction crews are working overnight hours on the Minn. highway project and river bridge through fall 2014. Nighttime construction activities may change as work progresses.
Highway overnight work
  • Overnight work may occur in fall 2014, as needed, to ensure construction stays on schedule.
    • The S. Frontage Road from slightly west of Oakgeren Ave to Osgood Ave has the potential for overnight work and 7-day per week work in October. Activities include excavation, backfilling, grading and hauling.
    • 24-hour crushing operations in the vicinity of the Beach Road bridge will be ongoing through October. In general, crews will work 24-hours from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Saturday. Each week, crews will NOT work from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Bridge overnight work
  • Overnight hours are 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Crews are tying steel reinforcement bar as part of bridge construction.
  • Crews do not anticipate hauling any materials by truck during the overnight hours.

On land in Wisconsin

  • Crews are grading the new WIS 64 road surface between the river bluff and County Road E. The WIS 35 overpass bridge over WIS 64 is complete. Visit the Wisconsin project site for more information.
  • Crews will clear trees as needed on the Wisconsin bluff to prepare for building the east bridge abutment and Pier 13. This will occur through winter 2015. The width of removal is limited to no more than 10 ft. beyond each side of the bridge.

On water

Slow/no wake zone
Slow/no wake zone
  • Boaters:
    • Please respect the one-mile slow/no wake worker safety zone in the St. Croix River between Stillwater and Bayport. The narrowed channel near bridge construction will remain at 300 feet and be marked with buoys through fall 2016.
    • Stay clear of the orange buoys near the bridge piers. They mark the under-water electric utility line that will provide power to lift each pre-cast segments into place.
  • Work is underway at three pier locations in the St. Croix River—8, 9 and 12. Pier 8 is the river pier closest to Minnesota land, while Pier 12 is closest to the Wisconsin shoreline. Crews are using a temporary causeway to access Pier 8 and barges/boats to access Piers 9 and 12.
    • All five river pier locations are built to the height of the crossbeam. The crossbeam connects the upstream and downstream columns at each pier location.
    • Crossbeam construction is ongoing at Piers 8, 9 and 12 through the fall.
    • Work at Piers 10 and 11 is complete for the remainder of 2014. Construction will start up again in 2015 when the crossbeam forms currently in place at Piers 8 and 9 move to Piers 10 and 11, respectively.