MnDOT moving in area soon

St. Croix River bridge operations center site selected in OPH

MnDOT logoState workers are moving to Oak Park Heights soon before the St. Croix River Bridge and Minnesota 36 construction starts this spring.

The state Department of Transportation’s new command center will hold about 15 MnDOT staff who will oversee the project. They are expected to move to 1862 S. Greeley St. on March 1.

The 14,000-square-foot building is being sold to the Washington County Historical Society in February for the new heritage center and will be rented from them for about four years.

Crews will begin the St. Croix River Bridge poject in the spring by putting the bridge piers in the water. The foundation work must be done by June 2014. The bridge is expected to open in 2016. The project also includes three miles of four-lane highway on Wisconsin 35 and rebuilding about three miles of Minnesota Highways 36 and 95. It’s estimated that the project will cost $580 million to $676 million.

Road work on MN 36 begins in April. Frontage roads will be rebuilt and moved, stormwater ponds will be constructed and turn lanes will be added at Oakgreen, Greeley and Osgood avenues.

A bike trail will also be created on the south frontage road that will connect to the loop trail that will cross the Lift Bridge once it’s closed to traffic. The Beach Road bridge over MN 36 will be replaced and the new bridge will be located a little to the west of the current bridge and include two lanes and a bike trail.

Three signals will also be added to MN 95 near the Xcel Energy Allen S. King Plant at Sixth Street North/Pickett Avenue and Bayport and two on the exit ramps from MN 36 to MN 95 North and South.