MnDOT awards Wisconsin firm bridge foundation contract

Gazette photo by Erik Sandin
Gazette photo by Erik Sandin

ST. PAUL — Plain, Wis.-based contractor Edward Kraemer and Sons, Inc., is the apparent low bidder to construct the foundations of the new St. Croix River bridge between Oak Park Heights and St. Joseph Township, Wis., state Department of Transportation officials announced today.

The foundation work starts next month and is expected to be completed in summer 2014. Construction of the bridge superstructure is scheduled to start in 2014.

“We are able to do the foundation construction more quickly and efficiently due to the information gathered during the St. Croix River load tests last summer,” said Jon Chiglo, St. Croix Crossing Project director. “As we construct this portion of the bridge, our focus will be on performing the work in an environmentally sensitive manner. ”

The bridge foundation contract work will includes construction of five river piers to a height of 15 feet above normal river elevation, and construction of eight, nine-foot diameter shafts per pier, drilled to a depth of 120 feet.

MnDOT and WisDOT will hold open houses in early spring and schedule other opportunities for residents and businesses to meet with project staff. In April, the St. Croix Crossing project offices at 1862 S. Greeley St. in Stillwater will have extended office hours to answer residents’ questions regarding the project.
The St. Croix Crossing project includes reconstruction of Minnesota Highways 36 and 95, a four-lane river bridge, a roadway approach on the Wisconsin side, historic and environmental mitigation and extensive trail facilities, including converting the Stillwater Lift Bridge to a bike and pedestrian facility. These elements of the project are covered by separate contracts.

Visit and the St. Croix Crossing Facebook page at for more information about the project.