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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Beach Road bridge, S. Frontage Road, Lookout Trail to reopen in late November

Motorists will experience another round of road openings in Oak Park Heights by Nov. 24, weather permitting, including the new Beach Road bridge, the S. Frontage Road and Lookout Trail.

A portion of Beach Road and the bridge over Highway 36 have been closed since August, while crews construct the new Beach Road bridge.

The S. Frontage Road has been closed since Nov. 6 for about two-thirds mile between Phil’s Tara Hideaway and Stagecoach Trail while crews tied a water main and complete curb and gutter work. Access from Peller/Penrose avenues to the S. Frontage Road will also open when the S. Frontage Road opens.

Lookout Trail and a road within the northern end of the Sunnyside Condos complex have been closed since early October while crews complete water main work.

Hwy 95

The remaining new Highway 95 lanes south of Highway 36 should also open by the end of November, weather permitting. This will be the final traffic configuration for Highway 95 in that area. Some lane closures are possible in November to complete final median work.

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

River bridge foundations work

Bridge foundations work in the St. Croix River is on track to be complete by early 2014.

As of Nov. 13, all 40 caissons, five of the 10 footings and four of the 10 columns are filled with concrete. Three of the 10 piers are complete. Caissons are 9-feet diameter steel casings that extend 90-120 feet below the river surface and create a solid foundation for the new bridge.

Watch the progress of foundations construction on the project website, updated 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.

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