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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Hwy 95 weekend closure set to begin 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9

S. Frontage Road opening/Beach Road bridge closure to occur Aug. 18

Motorists on Highway 95 should plan to use the signed detour route while the road closes Aug. 9-12 from County Road 14/Fifth Ave. N. to Highway 36. Crews will demolish the eastbound Highway 36 flyover bridge to northbound Highway 95 and complete utility work, as part of St. Croix Crossing construction.

The closure will occur 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, to 5 a.m., Monday, Aug. 12.

The detour route uses Highway 36, Osgood Avenue, 47th Street N., Stagecoach Trail and Fifth Avenue N. Local access is available between Highway 36 and Point Road, including to Sunnyside Marina.

Area residents will hear noises while crews demolish the bridge. Crews will work 24 hours until the demolition is complete. This is the safest, fastest and standard method to remove the bridge.

S. Frontage Road/Beach Road

Crews expect to open the new S. Frontage Road extension between Phil’s Tara Hideaway and Stagecoach Trail Sunday, Aug. 18, weather permitting. After the S. Frontage Road opens, the Beach Road bridge will close while crews construct the new Beach Road bridge. Construction schedules may change, and motorists will see signs with the closure date.

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 new extension of the S. Frontage Road.

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

Other highway impacts

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 Highway 36 and Highway 95 remain open at all times.

Nighttime hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township to remove excess dirt from the job site will begin the week of August 19. 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.

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 www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

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. Extended work hours are anticipated to occur from Monday-Saturday beginning in mid to late August. 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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