Overnight bridge foundation work underway

St. Croix Crossing logoOvernight work on St. Croix Crossing bridge pier foundations in the St. Croix River began Monday and runs through December, according to state Department of Transportation official.

Along with the start of overnight work on the river, crews will shift Minnesota 95 traffic this week, with motorists traveling on MN 95 between 10th Avenue North and Minnesota 36 on the east side of MN 95 on temporary pavement, MnDOT officials said.

Residents living in the vicinity of the bridge pier construction sites will experience noise disruptions from the overnight bridge pier foundation similar with noise from ongoing daytime work, MnDOT officials said. Crews will work 24 hours from Sunday night through daytime Saturday until early December, agency officials added.

Work on four of the five bridge pier foundations continues and work on the fifth pier foundation is expected to be underway in late September. Crews are installing caissons and excavating pier footings through December. Crews also are hydraulic drilling, breaking and excavating on pier eight closest to the Minnesota shoreline, and that work is expected to continue for about four more weeks, officials said.

St. Croix River boaters are reminded that no-wake restrictions remain in the work zone, which is marked by buoys on the Minnesota and Wisconsin shorelines.

Other night work includes hauling excess job site dirt from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township and screening operations and excavation in the Old Neighborhood area of Oak Park Heights, project officials said. These operations are expected to continue in the fall.

Upcoming and on-going construction-related traffic impacts include intermittent closures of Pickett Avenue North and 56th Street North near MN 95 for completion of land clearing and utility work, project officials said. Either Pickett Avenue or 56th Street will remain open to provide access to and from MN 95, officials added.

56th Street will permanently close in mid-September, project officials said. Large trucks and tractor-trailer rigs could have difficulty making turns in the area and project officials urge drivers of those vehicles to use alternate routes traveling between MN 36 and MN 95 until new ramps open this fall.

Project officials also warned motorists to expect traffic delays at the MN 36-Osgood Avenue intersection due to the Beach Road bridge closure. Motorists traveling between MN 36 and MN 95 should use alternate routes and local traffic to businesses and residential areas should use the new South Frontage Road extension, project officials added.

Construction of the new Beach Road bridge continues through November, with crews scheduled to remove the old span and MN 36 ramps this fall, project officials said. No closures of MN 36 are expected for the Beach Road bridge removal, officials added.

Crews are also reconstructing the eastbound MN 36 and ramps to and from MN 95, realigning MN 95 and finishing utility work and constructing trails, officials said.
Visit the project web site at www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing or call the project hotline at 1-855-GO-CROIX for information, to offer comments or ask questions about the project.

Contact Erik Sandin at [email protected]