MN 95 weekend closure on schedule

Beach Road bridge closes, south frontage road opens next week

St. Croix Crossing logoThe weekend closure of Minnesota 95 for demolition of the eastbound Minnesota 36 flyover ramp and completion of utility work remains on schedule, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Mn 95 will close to traffic from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, said MnDOT officials. MN 95 motorists should follow the posted detour route when the closure occurs. That detour route uses MN 36, Osgood Avenue, 47th Street North, Stagecoach Trail and Fifth Avenue North. Local access is available between Pickett Street and Point Road.

Area residents will hear noises while crews work 24 hours to demolish the bridge. MnDOT officials said this demolition method is the safest, fastest and standard bridge-removal method.

Meanwhile, crews expect to open the new South Frontage Road extension between Phil’s Tara Hideaway and Stagecoach Trail the week of Aug. 12. After the South Frontage Road opens, the Beach Road bridge will close, MnDOT officials said.

Crews anticipate closing the Beach Road bridge Aug. 14, weather permitting. Construction schedules could change, and motorists will see signs with the closure date about one week before the set closure. Motorists are encouraged to use the alternate routes during the Beach Road bridge closure. The new Beach Road bridge will open by the end of the 2013 construction season.

Nearby residents and businesses may experience some visual and noise disruptions while crews construct the South Frontage Road extension as well as excavate and haul excess dirt from the MN 36/95 junction to the Miller Pit in Baytown township. These two activities will occur through fall 2013.

Other highway impacts from Minnesota approach work for the new St. Croix Crossing bridge include continued single-lane traffic on MN 36 east of Osgood Avenue and temporary traffic signals at the MN 36-MN 95 junction through the end of September. Access to businesses along MN 36 and MN 95 remain open at all times.

Crews are reconstructing eastbound MN 36 and the ramps to and from MN 95. They are also realigning MN 95, completing utility work and constructing trails. Details on all ongoing traffic impacts can be found at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

In the St. Croix River, work on four of the five pier locations continues. The fifth pier is anticipated to be underway in late August. Crews are installing caissons and excavating for pier footings through December 2013.

Crews began hydraulic drilling, breaking and excavating. This activity is necessary for work on the pier closest to the Minnesota shoreline and will last approximately six weeks. Residents might experience some noise disruptions. Additional hydraulic drilling could occur later in the season.

Boaters on the river are reminded that the no-wake worker safety zone remains in effect for worker safety and equipment stability. Buoys remain in place along the Minnesota and Wisconsin shoreline.

Motorists traveling on Wisconsin 64 between 150th Avenue and County Road V will continue to see additional truck traffic through the fall. Motorists should expect shoulder closures in the area to accommodate the increased traffic. Trucks are hauling clean material composed of rock, sand and mud from the St. Croix River bottom as part of the bridge foundations contract

Crews work on the Minnesota 36 south frontage road extension east of Phil’s Tara Hideaway Restaurant Monday. MnDOT officials said the extension should be open to traffic sometime next week when the Beach Road bridge is closed. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

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