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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 in Oak Park Heights are open

Lookout Trail opening Nov. 22

Motorists may now use the new Beach Road bridge and re-opened S. Frontage road in Oak Park Heights. These roads opened Wednesday evening, Nov. 20.

The pedestrian sidewalk on the Beach Road bridge remains closed until 2014. Safety and Americans with Disabilities Act standards require that the sidewalk remains closed until crews can properly connect it to an accessible destination. Crews will construct the trail and crosswalk south of the bridge along the S. Frontage Road in 2014.

Lookout Trail in Oak Park Heights will open by end of day Friday, Nov. 22. The short road within the northern end of the Sunnyside Condos complex remains closed while crews complete water main work.

Hwy 95

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

Scenic Overlook

All landscaping work is now complete at the Scenic Overlook on Lookout Trail in Oak Park Heights. The site has been open since September.

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. 20, all 40 caissons, six of the 10 footings and five of the 10 columns are filled with concrete. Four 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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