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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Night hauling complete, night work continues near Hwy 36/95 junction

24-hour construction on all five bridge piers now underway

Night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township is complete; however, additional night hauling may occur later in the season as part of the St. Croix Crossing project. Night work continues in the Old Neighborhood area in Oak Park Heights through the fall and in the St. Croix River through late November/early December.

Construction on all five bridge piers now underway

Crews began construction on the Pier 10 foundation of the St. Croix Crossing bridge on Thursday, Aug. 22. With Pier 10 underway, crews are now working at all five bridge pier locations in the water.

Overnight work on the bridge foundations continues.  The noise disruptions associated with the nighttime work are 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.

Labor Day weekend impacts

All highways will be open for motorists traveling to the Stillwater/Oak Park Heights area for Labor Day weekend activities. Construction will not occur from Friday night through Tuesday morning both on land and in the river.

The no wake worker safety zone is still in effect between Stillwater and Bayport, and buoys remain along the Minnesota and Wisconsin shoreline. The no wake zone is in place for the safety of crews working and equipment stability.

Upcoming Hwy 95 traffic shift

Beginning the week of Sept. 3, traffic traveling on Highway 95 between 10th Avenue N. and the Highway 36 junction will shift east onto the temporary pavement through fall 2013. Highway 95 will continue to have a single lane in each direction. This movement is necessary for crews to reconstruct and realign Highway 95.

Ongoing traffic impacts

motorists will experience intermittent closures of Pickett Avenue N. and 56th Street N. near Highway 95 through mid-September.  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 (PDF 1 MB) if traveling between Highway 36 and Highway 95 until the new ramps open this fall.

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

Find details about all traffic impacts in Minnesota and Wisconsin at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

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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