Current construction impacts
- Traffic remains single lane on the ramp between Hwy 36 and Hwy 95 through fall 2015.
- All other roadways in the construction zone are fully open to traffic.
- Crews are still working to finish running the cable for the newly installed lighting near the Hwy 36/95 interchange. Once that is complete the lights will be turned on.
Remaining activities for 2015
Beginning in spring 2015, crews will return to complete final touches for the St. Croix Crossing Minnesota roadway project. Here’s an overview of remaining activities for 2015.
- A final layer of asphalt will be placed on most road surfaces.
- Permanent lines will be painted on the pavement – called striping.
- Modifications to some business driveways will occur, including placing a final layer of asphalt.
- All remaining trail and landscaping work.
Hwy 36/Hwy 95 ramp
- The ramp from Hwy 95 to westbound Hwy 36 will be constructed in fall 2015.
Thank you for your patience throughout the 2014 construction season. Communications staff will notify businesses/residents prior to the start of 2015 construction work.
- Periodic pile driving for bridge falsework, the east bridge abutment 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.
- Crews will clear trees as needed on the Wisc. 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.
- Construction of the east bridge abutment--including periodic pile driving--is ongoing through winter 2015.
- Work is ongoing 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 complete at Pier 8 and ongoing at Piers 9 and 12.
- Work at Piers 10 and 11 is complete for the remainder of 2014. Construction will start up again in spring 2015 when the crossbeam forms at Piers 8 and 9 move to Piers 10 and 11, respectively.
- Construction work on the water will continue throughout winter 2014-15 with crews breaking ice in the project construction zone. The public, and especially ice fishermen and snowmobilers, should stay away from the construction zone and heed all thin ice warning signs between Stillwater and Bayport.