MN 95 closes weekend of Aug. 9

Crews will demo MN 36 flyover bridge; night work starts in Old Neighborhood

Minnesota 95 will close from Aug. 9-12 to demolition of the Minnesota 36 flyover bridge to northbound MN 95, state Department of Transportation officials announced Friday.

In addition to the announced closing of MN 95, MnDOT also said night work begins today in the Old Neighborhood area and nearby residents could see lights and hear noise associated with that work.

Both the night work and bridge demolition are part of Minnesota approach work on the St. Croix Crossing bridge project. The bulk of approach work this year is east of the MN 36-Osgood Avenue intersection. Remaining approach work west of that intersection will be done next year.

MnDOT officials said MN 95 would close at 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and reopen at 5 a.m. Aug. 12, weather permitting. Motorists are urged to follow the posted detour and visit the project web site to view a detour map.

Demolition of the flyover ramp also affects Sunnyside Marina residents and marina users because access to Sunnyside’s north entrance from eastbound MN 36 is no longer available, with this change in place through the fall. Access to Sunnyside from MN 95 is unchanged.

Closure of the Beach Road bridge is expected in early- to mid-August, according to MnDOT. Construction of the new Beach Road bridge just west of the existing span is expected to begin next month.

Along with night work in the Old Neighborhood, residents near the MN 36-MN 95 junction could experience visual and noise disruptions starting in early August as crews excavate and haul excess soil from the junction to Miller Pit in Baytown Township. MnDOT officials said this work will occur day and night Mondays through Saturdays through late August, with additional nighttime hauling possible later in the construction season.

Motorists traveling on Wisconsin 35 north of Hudson will see additional truck traffic entering and exiting the former wayside area in the town of St. Joseph, MnDOT said. Trucks are hauling clean material composed of rock, sand and mud dredged from the St. Croix River bottom as part of bridge foundation work and motorists will see road shoulder closures in the area to accommodate the increased traffic.

Another site about four miles east of the St. Joseph location on Wisconsin 64 between 150th Avenue and County Road V will also be used when activities are completed at the wayside area, MnDOT said. Motorists should expect shoulder closures when that activity occurs this fall, the agency added.

St. Croix River boaters will see no changes in the current narrower river channel and no-wake safety zone as crews continue bridge foundation work through December.