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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Beach Road bridge closure and S. Frontage Road opening set for Aug. 18

Night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township will begin the week of Aug. 19

Crews expect to open the new S. Frontage Road extension between Phil’s Tara Hideaway and Stagecoach Trail Sunday night, Aug. 18, weather permitting, as part of the St. Croix Crossing project. After the S. Frontage Road opens, the Beach Road bridge will close while crews construct the new bridge.

When the Beach Road bridge closes, motorists should expect traffic delays at the Osgood intersection. Motorists and trucks traveling between Highway 36 and Highway 95 are encouraged to use the signed alternate routes to avoid congestion. Local traffic to businesses and residences should use the new extension of the S. Frontage Road.

The new Beach Road bridge will open by the end of the 2013 construction season.

Night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township set to begin the week of Aug. 19

Night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township will begin the week of Aug. 19 to remove excess dirt from the job site. This work is needed to construct the Highway 36 extension to the new St. Croix Crossing. Work is anticipated to continue through early September. Additional night hauling is possible later in the season.

Other impacts
Crews plan to permanently close 56th Street N. in Oak Park Heights between Pickett Avenue N. and Highway 95 the weekend of Aug. 23, weather permitting.  Access to and from Highway 95 will still be available by following Pickett Ave. N.

Motorists will continue to experience single-lane traffic on Highway 36 east of Osgood Avenue and temporary traffic signals at the Highway 36/Highway 95 junction through the end of September. Access to businesses along Highways 36 and Highway 95 remain open at all times.

Crews are reconstructing eastbound Highway 36 and the ramps to/from Highway 95. They are also realigning Highway 95, completing utility work and constructing trails. Find details about all ongoing traffic impacts in Minnesota and Wisconsin at

River impacts/Bridge foundations work
Overnight work on the bridge foundations will begin sometime late in the week of Aug. 19. The noise disruptions associated with the nighttime work will be very similar to the noise associated with the ongoing daytime work.  Crews will work 24 hours Sunday night through daytime Saturday, and the nighttime work is expected until early December.

Boaters on the St. Croix River will experience no new impacts, and the no wake worker safety zone is still in effect.

Buoys remain in place along the Minnesota and Wisconsin shoreline. The no wake zone is in place for the safety of crews working and equipment stability.

Work on four of the five pier locations in the river is ongoing. The fifth pier is anticipated to be underway in late-September. Crews are installing caissons and excavating for pier footings through December 2013.

Crews continue hydraulic drilling, breaking and excavating. This activity is necessary for work on Pier 8 located closest to the Minnesota shoreline. Work will last for approximately six weeks. Residents may experience some noise disruptions. Additional hydraulic drilling may occur later in the season.

Project Information
The Minnesota approach project will be complete by fall 2014 and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge will be complete in fall 2016. When all work is finished, motorists will have smoother highway pavement surfaces, improved flow at intersections, improved frontage road system 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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