Bridge pier foundation, approach work continues

Crews continue work on the St. Croix Crossing bridge pier foundations with buoys in the river off the Minnesota shore designating the work zone and a no-wake area around the work zone.

Crews also continue clearing land adjacent to Minnesota 95 in Oak Park Heights as part of work on the Minnesota approach to the new bridge.

State Department of Transportation officials said the river buoys off the Minnesota shore indicate the pier foundation work zone and narrower boat channel in that area. Boaters are also reminded to slow down in the work zone for worker safety and equipment stability.

Work in the area of the Minnesota approach to the bridge is expected to remain an active work zone through the end of the year, according to a project news release. Unauthorized pedestrians and vehicles are prohibited from entering the area. This work includes:

l Clearing trees and vegetation and removing pavement from the “Village” neighborhood in Oak Park Heights between Minnesota 36, Beach Road and MN 95 for the future alignment of MN 95.

l Land preparation on the west side of MN 95 for pipe construction. Land preparation on the east side of MN 95 for the same work begins Monday.

l Construction activities for the new frontage road extension south of MN 36 and east of Club Tara is expected to start Monday.

l Beach Road and Stagecoach Trail remain open to traffic, but local access from 59th Street to Peller, Penrose and Penfield avenues is closed. Access to that neighborhood is available at 58th Street from Stagecoach Trail.

Project officials also hosted open houses for area business owners Wednesday at Stillwater Motors in Oak Park Heights and this morning at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater. The public is invited to an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. North in Stillwater. MnDOT and WisDOT officials will explain the project, answer questions and listen to residents and business owners concerns.

The St. Croix project office at 1862 S. Greeley St. is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays with extended hours to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Project information is also available at 1-855-GO-CROIX or at