You have questions, bridge project team has answers

First year of span construction starts to slowly wind down

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The new Beach Road bridge, foreground takes shape as the old span awaits demolition this month as part of the St. Croix Crossing Bridge project. The new Beach Road bridge is expected to be completed in late November. (Gazette staff photo by Doug Lacher)

As the first year of construction on the St. Croix Crossing project nears completion, project team members have been at community events throughout the summer discussing the project with residents and answering questions about the work.

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the project:

When will the project be complete?

  •  The Minnesota approach work will be complete by the end of 2014, weather permitting.
  •   The Wisconsin approach work begins in 2014 and complete in 2016.
  • The bridge opens to traffic in fall 2016.
  • The Loop Trail and Stillwater Lift Bridge conversation to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge will be complete in 2017.

What is happening at the Greeley Street-Oakgreen Avenue and Osgood Avenue intersections with Minnesota 36?

Traffic signals will remain at the MN 36 intersections with Greeley Street-Oakgreen Avenue and Osgood Avenue. Crews will move the Greeley Street intersection to the east, and the frontage road connections will be further away from MN 36. Those new frontage road intersections will also have traffic signals. Crews will add additional turn lanes to both the Oakgreen Avenue and the Greeley Street-Oakgreen Avenue intersections.

Will MN 36 still have access directly to Beach Road?

No. The new ramps will directly connect MN 36 and the new Minnesota 95. The new Beach Road bridge will connect to the newly extended SouthFrontage Road.
How will I access Lookout Trail once MN 95 construction is complete in 2014?
Lookout Trail will be accessible from the north via MN 95 and from the south by using the extension of the new South Frontage Road, then crossing the new Beach Road Bridge.

What’s happening to the Stillwater Lift Bridge?

The Lift Bridge will be converted to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge as part of the Loop Trail. It will continue to have a similar lift schedule and will be converted in 2017, after vehicle traffic moves to the new bridge.

Why isn’t there an interchange at Wisconsin 35-Wisconsin 64?

A full interchange must exist at County Road E, and a second interchange so close together would be unsafe for motorists. Also, an interchange at the bluff would have major environmental impacts.

When will the Loop Trail open?

The full 4.7-mile Loop Trail opens in fall 2017. The first section will be complete by the end of 2014 in Minnesota, and the second section by the end of 2016 across the new bridge and through Wisconsin. The last stage of the loop trail is converting the Stillwater Lift Bridge into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge in 2017.

Who is building the bridge?

Contractors are now working on their bids for the superstructure contract. MnDOT will announce the selected contractor Nov. 1. The Minnesota approach work is being completed by Ames/Lunda Joint Venture. The bridge foundations work is being completed by Edward Kraemer & Sons. The contractor for the Wisconsin approach work will be selected in December 2013.

For more information about current traffic impacts and other project information, visit www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

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

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