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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

Lookout Trail alternate route
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 Hwy 36 to the north entrance to Sunnyside Marina through late-summer while crews expand the highway to four lanes. Daytime lane closures will be in place on Hwy 95, between Hwy 36 and Pickett Ave through mid-August; a single lane of traffic in each direction will be available at all times.
  • The intersection of Lookout Trail and Hwy 95 is closed through late-summer. Access to/from Lookout Trail and Hwy 95 will be available at all times by following the signed detour (PDF).
  • Work on the new alignment of the Greeley Avenue intersection will continue through fall.
  • Access to businesses and residences along Hwy 36 and Hwy 95 will remain open at all times.
  • 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. During the closure, users of the trail should follow the posted detour (PDF) using alternative trails located on the west side of Oakgreen Ave, south side of Oak Park Rd, and the trail just east of Oak Park Heights City Hall. The trail detour is needed to allow crews to work on the new alignment of the Oakgreen Ave and S. Frontage Road intersection and is anticipated to be in place through the end of fall.

Noise/other impacts

  • Construction crews are working overnight hours on the Minnesota highway project and 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.
  • Near Beach Road bridge—Activities include crushing operations to recycle existing pavement. Crews do not anticipate hauling any materials during the overnight hours. This work will continue until approximately mid-August.
  • Eastbound Hwy 36 between Northwestern Ave and Osgood Ave—Activities include excavation, backfilling, grading and hauling. This work will continue until approximately mid-August
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 with trucks during the overnight hours.
  • Pile driving for the pier locations on Minnesota land (Piers 1-7) is nearly complete.
  • Additional pile driving for the bridge falsework and Pier 13 located on the Wisconsin bluff will occur periodically. Falsework is a series of temporary structures that support the bridge spans during construction, until the bridge can support itself.
  • Work to complete the trails on Beach Road and S. Frontage Road east of Osgood Ave will be ongoing though July, weather permitting.
  • Additional driveway and paving work along the S. Frontage Road between Osgood Ave and Club Tara will be ongoing through July.
  • Additional landscaping and driveway work along the N. Frontage Road between Northwestern Ave and Oren Ave will continue through August. The right-in from Hwy 36 to the N. Frontage Road is currently closed for safety purposes.

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.

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.
  • 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.