Motorists traveling on Beach Road, 59th Street and Stagecoach Trail should expect traffic delays by the end of next week when construction begins on the Minnesota 36 south frontage road extension east of Phil’s Tara Hideaway Restaurant.
Meanwhile work continues on the two St. Croix River Crossing bridge piers closest to the Minnesota shoreline. Crews filled the secured hollow piles with rebar and concrete and are excavating pier footings, according to the state Department of Transportation.
MnDOT officials said buoys are in place along the Minnesota and Wisconsin shorelines of the St. Croix River designating the work area and narrowing the river channel. A no-wake zone is also in place around the work area.
St. Croix Crossing Project Manager Jon Chiglo told the Oak Park Heights City Council Tuesday although the no-wake zone is not established by the U.S. Coast Guard, the state Department of Natural Resources will enforce the boating regulation.
Chiglo said the no-wake zone is in effect for safety.
“Wakes are truly a safety issue for our crews and the weights they’re lifting out there,” he said.
Project officials said land clearing continues adjacent to MN 36 and Minnesota 95 junction in Oak Park Heights and crews will start clearing work on the east side of MN 95 next week.
Local access from 59th Street to Peller, Penrose and Penfield avenues will be closed. Access to the neighborhood is available at 58th Street from Stagecoach Trail.
Project officials also remind residents that unauthorized pedestrians and vehicles are prohibited from entering active construction areas for safety reasons.
Persons seeking more information about the project can visit the project office at 1862 S. Greeley St. in Stillwater from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information is also available at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.