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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Ramp from Beach Road to westbound Highway 36 to close Oct. 7

Access road work near Wisconsin bluffs begins Oct. 8

STILLWATER, Minn. – The Beach Road ramp to westbound Highway 36 will permanently close Monday, Oct. 7, as part of the St. Croix Crossing construction. Crews will complete utility work, connect Beach Road to the new bridge and reconstruct a small portion of Lookout Trail. Residents can use Osgood Avenue for access to westbound Highway 36. This ramp closure is part of the Minnesota approach work that will directly link Highway 36 to Highway 95.

Access road work to begin Oct. 8

Area residents near the Wisconsin bluffs will notice crews working on a new access trail beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8. The work includes clearing trees, excavating, laying base aggregate for the trail surface and planting new trees. Crews will also  install part of the drainage system that will connect to the St. Croix Crossing approach. Crews do not expect any  traffic impacts and work is expected to continue for 3 weeks.

Lookout Trail two-week closure anticipated for mid-October

A short-term partial closure of Lookout Trail is anticipated for mid-October.  The closure is needed for crews to complete utility work. Through traffic will use a signed detour. Residents will have access at all times.

Other scheduled openings, weather permitting

  • Single-lane traffic will move to newly constructed eastbound lanes of Highway 36 in late-October.
  • New ramp between Highway 36 and Highway 95 will open in late-October.
  • New Highway 95 will open in late-October.
  • New Beach Road bridge will open in late-November.

More information on continued impacts, detours and other updates is available on the project website.

Bridge foundations work

Bridge foundations work in the St. Croix River is on track to be complete by early 2014. A major part of this is drilling 40 caissons into the muck and bedrock at the bottom of the river. Caissons are 9-feet diameter steel casings. Crews drill them up to 120 feet below the river surface, then fill them with rebar and concrete to create solid foundations for the new bridge.

Completing all 40 of these will be a major project milestone. Crews are more than half way complete. Track progress on the project website every Wednesday.

Project Information

The Minnesota approach project will be complete by fall 2014. The new St. Croix Crossing bridge and Wisconsin approach project will be complete by fall 2016. When all work is finished, motorists will have smoother highway pavement surfaces, improved flow at intersections, an improved frontage road system in Oak Park Heights and a new river crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin. All of this will occur while maintaining or restoring the area’s cultural, historic and environmental resources.  

To learn how crews build the St. Croix Crossing Bridge foundations, check out the seven “easy” steps slide show.

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