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St. Croix Crossing

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Loop Trail path open on the new bridge?

  • The pedestrian/bicycle Loop Trail path on the new bridge opened on August 2, 2017 at the same time the bridge opened to vehicle traffic.

If I cross the Loop Trail path on the new bridge, how far can I go? When will the entire Loop Trail be completed?

  • Currently, the Loop Trail ends at Chestnut St. in Minnesota and at old Co Rd. E in Wisconsin. The Loop Trail will be finished in 2019 with the completion of the Lift Bridge conversion project. Learn more about the Loop Trail by visiting the St. Croix Crossing Website or the Wisconsin Loop Trail Website.

Where can I park to access the Loop Trail path on the new bridge?

  • Visit the City of Stillwater’s Website to find many parking locations. WisDOT will build a parking lot southwest of the pedestrian underpass near the Hwy 35/64 Interchange this fall. In addition, MnDOT and WisDOT plan to construct additional parking lots next summer. One lot will be in Minnesota at the Hwy 95 and Sunnyside Dr. intersection just north of the bridge. Future parking in Wisconsin includes a lot along Main St. where it intersects with the Loop Trail in Houlton, and a parking lot at the new trailhead northwest of the Hwy 35/64 interchange.

  • You can access the Loop Trail from downtown Stillwater, Bayport and Oak Park Heights. For more information, we encourage people to visit the St. Croix Crossing Website or the Wisconsin Loop Trail Website

Do you have pictures of the bridge opening ceremony that I can view?

  • Photos of the bridge opening ceremony, the night the bridge opened to traffic and construction activities are available at our photos page.

When will Google Maps, MapQuest and other mapping services update their maps to reflect the new bridge?

  • MnDOT submits roadway changes to mapping services and they vet them and then make the changes. It may take time for mapping services to recognize these changes.

Why are there lane closures in Wisconsin?

  • Work on Wisconsin Highways 35/64 will continue until mid-November. In order for WisDOT to safely finish this work, there will be eastbound and westbound lane closures at different times depending on the work taking place.

When will the 'no wake zone' be lifted?

  • The no wake zone will remained in place until late September. With completion of the new Hwy 36 St. Croix Crossing, MnDOT has removed the temporary slow, now wake zone that was in the St. Croix River near the new bridge. The buoys were placed about a half mile on each side of the new bridge during construction to protect workers and to allow work to progress as quickly as possible.

    With removal of the final buoys this morning (Sept. 28), the no wake regulations will no longer be enforced. Other permanent no wake restrictions farther south on the St. Croix River remain in effect.

Are there plans to re-time the traffic signals in Minnesota?

  • MnDOT has made some preliminary adjustments to the signal timing on Hwy 36 and Hwy 95 (from Hwy 36 through downtown Stillwater). MnDOT will continue to monitor all the signals and make adjustments as necessary until traffic stabilizes.

Now that the new bridge is open, is MnDOT done working on it?

  • MnDOT construction crews continue to paint the bridge and install navigational lights and aesthetic lighting. View our “What’s Next” page for a summary of remaining bridge construction through November 2017.

What’s next on the St. Croix Crossing project?

Now that the St. Croix Crossing social media pages are no longer active, where can I go to receive updates on the project?