Motorists traveling on Minnesota 36 and Minnesota 95 will experience traffic delays beginning today and crews continue work on the Minnesota approach to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge, project officials announced.
Crews also are expected to begin working on bridge pier foundations close to the Wisconsin side of the river, resulting in a narrow boat channel and a no-wake zone in the construction site, according to state Department of Transportation officials.
Eastbound and westbound MN 36 between Osgood and Washington avenues and northbound and southbound MN 95 between Point Road and King Plant Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction through Friday, depending on weather conditions, officials said.
In addition, MN 95 will have lane closures between the MN 36 junction and the Sunnyside entrance for grading work. Motorists will also face left lane closures on southbound MN 95 to westbound MN 36 starting Monday in anticipation of the mid-July MN 36 traffic switch, officials said.
Other approached related work includes the start of construction on south MN 36 frontage road extension east of Phil’s Tara Hideaway Restaurant. Motorists also can expect traffic delays in the Beach Road, 59th Street and Stagecoach Trail area from construction activity. Traffic from Beach Road to Stagecoach Trail will be moved on to a temporary bypass, officials said.
Officials also remind residents that unauthorized pedestrians and vehicles are prohibited from entering active work sites. Project work hours are 7 a.m. to dusk Monday through Saturday, with some overnight work needed in the future.
Pier foundation construction continues in the St. Croix River close to the Minnesota shoreline. That work includes pile driving, caisson installation and excavation of pier footings.
Call the project hotline at 1-855-GO-CROIX or visit www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing or www.facebook.com/stcroixcrossingmndot for more information about the project.