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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


South Frontage Road access
Lookout Trail closure alternate route
  • 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 Pickett Ave to the Sunnyside Marina north entrance through fall while crews expand the highway to four lanes 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 Osgood Ave. and Olene 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 will occur, as needed.
  • Work on the new alignment of the Greeley St./Oakgreen Ave. intersection will continue through fall. The newly constructed alignment of the N. Frontage Road east of Greeley St. is anticipated to open to traffic in September.
  • Greeley St. is closed between N. Frontage Road and Curve Crest Blvd. for city of Stillwater watermain work. More information.
  • Final driveway and paving work and construction of the noisewall along the S. Frontage Road between Osgood Ave. and Club Tara is ongoing through September.
  • 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 fall. 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
  • Access to businesses and residences along Hwy 36 and Hwy 95 will remain open at all times.

Noise/other impacts

  • 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
  • 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. Nearby residences and businesses may experience some visual and noise disruptions related to the night work.
  • Overnight work locations are:
    • S. Frontage Road from slightly west of Oakgreen Ave. to Osgood Ave. – Activities include excavation, backfilling, grading and hauling. This work will continue through late-October.
    • Southeast corner of the Oakgreen Ave. intersection – Activities include excavation, backfilling, grading and hauling. This work will continue through the fall.
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.
  • Periodic pile driving for bridge falsework and Pier 13 located on the Wisc. bluff will occur throughout the summer. Falsework is a series of temporary structures that support the bridge spans during construction until the bridge can support itself.

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 begin clearing trees on the Wisconsin bluff beginning in early September to prepare for building the bridge abutment and Pier 13. Tree clearing will occur as needed through the fall and 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 on all five pier locations in the St. Croix River—8, 9, 10, 11 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, 10, 11 and 12.
    • At the end of August, four of five 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.