Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 243 Osceola Bridge

Franconia Township MN and Osceola WI

About this project

Highway 243 Bridge over the Saint Croix National and Scenic Riverway between Highway 95 in Franconia Township and Highway 35 intersection in Osceola, Wisconsin project location map
Hwy 243 project location map.
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We are in process of designing the reconstruction of the Hwy 243/Osceola Bridge over the St. Croix National and Scenic Riverway, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The Osceola Bridge was built in 1953.

Summary of work

The purpose of this project is to maintain a reliable highway connection over the St. Croix River for Hwy 243 between Washington/Chisago counties in Minnesota and the Village of Osceola and Polk County in Wisconsin. The project team will work with federal, state and local interests to minimizing project impacts to the St Croix River and other natural resources in the area.

Project needs

The “need” identifies the transportation problems to be addressed by the project outcomes.

  • Bridge conditions
  • Evaluate pedestrian bridge crossing by foot and by bicycle
  • Drainage conditions

Additional considerations

  • Bridge traffic during construction
  • River navigation and access during construction
  • Osceola Landing Access
  • Hwy 243 Wayside Rest (MN)
  • Hwy 243 Emergency Pull-off (WI)