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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Several St. Croix Crossing milestones on track for end of 2013 construction season

The St. Croix Crossing project continues on schedule and on budget with the Minnesota approach work and the bridge foundations work in the St. Croix River.

Minnesota approach work

Crews are on track to complete the following Minnesota approach work by the end of fall 2013, weather permitting:

  • Open the reconstructed eastbound lanes of Highway 36 east of Osgood Avenue
  • Open the new Highway 95 alignment near Highway 36
  • Open at least one of the two Highway 36 ramps to and from Highway 95  

Crews expect to open the new Beach Road bridge to traffic by the end of November, weather permitting. The old Beach Road bridge is expected to be removed sometime in late October. Crews do not plan to close Highway 36 during the Beach Road bridge removal process.

Since June, the following accomplishments occurred as part of the Minnesota approach work.

  • Opened the new S. Frontage Road extension to Stagecoach Trail
  • Removed the old Highway 36 flyover bridge to Highway 95
  • Completed temporary and permanent utility work

Additional Highway 36/frontage road work between Osgood Ave. and Greeley Ave./Oakgreen Ave. will  occur during the 2014 construction season.

Bridge foundations work

Pier foundations work in the St. Croix River is on track to be completed by early 2014. Work on all five piers in the river is underway. Three of the five piers should be complete by the end of 2013 construction, weather permitting.   

Crews anticipate completely finishing the first (Pier 9) of the five pier foundations in October, weather permitting. To date, 20 of the 40 total drilled shafts have been poured with concrete. All shafts should be complete by early November. Crews will then focus on final pier work including construction of footings and columns. 

The contractor for all remaining bridge work will be announced Nov. 1, 2013. The contractor for the Wisconsin approach work will be announced in December 2013.

Upcoming impacts

A two-week closure of Lookout Trail will begin in early October, weather permitting, for utility work.  Through traffic should use the signed detour. All local residents will be able to access Lookout Trail either from Highway 95 or Osgood Ave./62nd St. N./Beach Road.

Ongoing impacts

Traffic on Highway 95 near Highway 36 is using a temporary road through fall 2013, while crews reconstruct and realign Highway 95. The road continues to have a single lane in each direction.

Overnight work on the bridge foundations continues. The noise disruptions associated with the nighttime work are similar to noise associated with the ongoing daytime work. Crews will work 24 hours a day Sunday night through daytime Saturday. Nighttime work is expected through late November.

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.

To learn how the St. Croix Crossing Bridge foundations are being built, check out the seven “easy” steps slide show under the construction/design tab on our website.

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