St. Croix Crossing meetings set

The Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments will host a series of St. Croix Crossing project open houses this month and June in communities on both sides of the St. Croix River.

MnDOT and WisDOT staff will be at the open houses to explain the project, answer questions and listen to concerns from area residents and local business owners.

Open houses are

  •  5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hudson, Wis., High School cafeteria, 1501 Vine St. in Hudson.
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Oak Park Heights City Hall, 14168 Oak Park Boulevard North.
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 30 at the Bayport Public Library, 582 Fourth St. North.
  •  6:30 to 8 p.m. June 4 at Houlton Elementery School, 70 County Road E.
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. North.

The open houses come as work is underway on the Minnesota approach to the new bridge and bridge pier foundations. MnDOT permanently closed 59th Street between Stagecoach Trail and Minnesota 95 Monday as part of the bridge project. Crews continue to build a construction staging area on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River and do surveying on Minnsota 36 and MN 95.

Bridge foundation work includes moving cranes and other equipment to the project site; launching barges in the river, and dock construction north of Sunnyside Marina for equipment access to the river, according to MnDOT.

MnDOT officials also remind recreational boaters on the river that buoys will be placed around pier sites, the channel in the work area will be narrowed and no-wake restrictions will be sought.

Along with clearing land in Oak Park Heights and the surveying, crews will test soil in the MN 36 median between MN 95 and Northwestern Avenue. Workers also have started construction on a Club Tara parking lot east of the restaurant.

MnDOT’s St. Croix Crossing project office at 1862 S. Greeley Street is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with extended hours to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.