Bridge work on schedule, on budget

Work continues on several Minnesota-side projects

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The temporary lanes of Minnesota 95 are seen from the Lake St. Croix Scenic Overlook in Oak Park Heights recently. Crews continue work on reconstructing and realigning MN 95 at Minnesota 36 as part of the Minnesota approach to the new St. Croix River bridge. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)

The first season of work on the St. Croix Crossing project remains on schedule and on budget heading into autumn and the approaching end of the 2013 construction season, according to project officials.

The end of the year will also see contractors selected for the remaining bridge work and approach projects in Wisconsin, project officials said. The bridge contractor will be announced Nov. 1 and the Wisconsin approach contractor announced in December, officials added.

Crews are expected to complete several portions of the two-year Minnesota-side approach work by the end of fall, weather permitting, officials said. That work includes re-opening reconstructed eastbound Minnesota 36 lanes east of Osgood Avenue; open the new Minnesota 95 alignment near MN 36, and open at least one of two MN 36 ramps to and from MN 95.

The new Beach Road bridge is expected to open to traffic by the end of November, weather permitting, officials said. The old Beach Road span will be removed in October and crews do not plan closing MN 36 during that removal process, project officials added.

Projects already completed include the new South Frontage Road extension from Phil’s Tara Hideaway to Stagecoach Trail; removal of the old MN 36 flyover bridge to MN 95, and temporary and permanent utility work, officials added.

In the St. Croix River, work continues on all five bridge foundation piers with three of the five piers completed by the end of 2013, weather permitting, officials said. Crews anticipate finishing Pier 9 of the five foundations in October, officials added.
To date, 20 of the 40 total drilled shafts have been poured with concrete and all shafts should be finished by early November, officials said. Crews will then focus on final pier work including construction of footings and columns, officials added.
Overnight work on bridge foundations will continue through late November with crews working 24 hours from Sunday night through daytime Saturday.

Motorists will continue to experience construction-related traffic impacts through the fall. Officials said Lookout Trail will close for two weeks in early October for utility work, weather permitting. Local residents can access Lookout Trail during that closure from either MN 95 or Osgood Avenue-62nd Street North-Beach Road; through traffic should use the posted detour, officials added.

Traffic on MN 95 near MN 36 continues to have a single lane in each direction on a temporary road during reconstruction and realignment of MN 95.

Learn more about traffic impacts and get details about the St. Croix Crossing project at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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