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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Overnight bridge foundations work in the St. Croix River begins
Aug. 26

Intermittent closures of 56th Street/Pickett Avenue near Hwy 95 begin Aug. 23

Overnight work on the bridge foundations begins Monday, Aug. 26, as part of St. Croix Crossing construction. 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.

Upcoming traffic impacts

Beginning Friday, Aug. 23, through mid-September, motorists will experience intermittent closures of Pickett Ave. N. and 56th St. N. near Highway 95. One of the two roads will remain open at all times, providing access to/from Highway 95. Crews will complete utility work and land clearing. In mid-September, 56th Street N. will permanently close. Large trucks and semis may find it difficult making turns in this area and should use an alternate route (JPG) if traveling between Highway 36 and Highway 95 until the new ramps open this fall.

Crews will shift traffic on Highway 95 the week of Sept. 3. Traffic will continue to have a single lane in each direction; however, motorists traveling on Hwy 95 between 10th Ave N. and the Hwy 36 junction will travel on the  east side of the road on temporary pavement.

Ongoing traffic impacts

Motorists should expect traffic delays at the Osgood intersection, due to the Beach Road bridge closure. 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.

Construction of the new Beach Road bridge is ongoing. This work will continue through the end of November. Crews will remove the old bridge and Hwy 36 ramps this fall. Motorists should not expect any full closures of Highway 36 for this removal.

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. 

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Other night work

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

Other night work continues in the Old Neighborhood area in Oak Park Heights. This includes material screening operations and excavation. This work will continue through the fall.

Other river impacts/Bridge foundations work

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 continue for about four more 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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