Hilton Trail overpass work begins Monday

$13.8 million project one of three on Minnesota 36 this year

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Construction of a new Hilton Trail overpass at Minnesota 36 and improvements to two nearby intersections begins Monday, the state Department of Transportation announcedthis week.

Work on the Hilton Trail project east of Interstate 694 in Pine Springs begins one week after MnDOT started work on the English Street overpass in Maplewood. The bulk of work on both projects is expected to be completed this fall, with landscaping and clean-up work finished in spring 2014.

The Hilton Trail and English Street projects also start about a month before MnDOT begins a two-year project on MN 36 and its north and south frontage roads in Oak Park Heights as part of the Minnesota approach to the new $675 million St. Croix River bridge.

The $13.8 million Hilton Trail project replaces the current traffic signal at the MN 36-Hilton Trail intersection with a grade-separated diamond interchange. The MN 36-DeMontreville Trail intersection will be converted to a three-quarter intersection and what MnDOT calls a reduced-conflict intersection will be constructed east of the MN 36-DeMontreville intersection.

The project also closes the MN 36-Highland Trail intersection and extends 60th Street, the north frontage road, over the Gateway Trail.

MnDOT officials said the Hilton Trail project would improve traffic safety and efficiency on MN 36 and Hilton, DeMontreville and Highlands trails and reduce the amount of through traffic in residential neighborhoods.

But the Hilton Trail and English Street projects will impact motorists traveling west on MN 36 this summer, especially when MnDOT closes a section of MN 36 later this year as part of the English Street project.

MnDOT said the section of MN 36 between White Bear Avenue and U.S. Highway 61 will close to traffic for 75 days as part of the English Street overpass project. MnDOT officials are expected to announce the closure dates in the spring.

The two overpass projects occur at the same time MnDOT starts work at the east end of MN 36 for the Oak Park Heights approach to the new St. Croix River bridge that crosses the river to St. Joseph Township, Wis.