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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Section of 56th Street N. to permanently close in mid-September

Historic Scenic Overlook now open to the public

Beginning in mid-Sept., a section of 56th street N. will permanently close. Large trucks and semis may find it difficult to turn in this area. Large vehicles should use an alternate route (PDF) if traveling between Highway 36 and Highway 95 until the new ramps open this fall.

Historic Scenic Overlook now open to the public

The historic Lake St. Croix Scenic Overlook located off Lookout Trail near Peabody Avenue has reopened. Crews will return later this fall to complete the final details of the restoration.

A temporary closure of Lookout Trail for utility work is anticipated in mid to late September and will limit access to the overlook. There will be a grand opening of the Scenic Overlook in October when it becomes fully accessible.

Ongoing traffic impacts

Traffic traveling on Highway 95 between 10th Avenue N. and the Highway 36 junction has shifted 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.

Construction of the new Beach Road bridge continues through the end of November. Crews will remove the old bridge and Highway 36 ramps this fall. There will be no full closures of Highway 36 for this removal.

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

Find details about all traffic impacts in Minnesota and Wisconsin at

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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