Beach Road ramp to westbound MN 36 closes

Access road work near Wisconsin bluffs starts Tuesday

St. Croix Crossing logoThe Beach Road ramp to westbound Minnesota 36 permanently closed Monday as part of the St. Croix Crossing construction, project officials announced.

Crews will complete utility work, connect Beach Road to the new bridge and reconstruct a small portion of Lookout Trail, officials said. Residents can use Osgood Avenue for access to westbound MN 36, officials added.

The closing of the Beach Road ramp to westbound MN 36 is part of Minnesota approach work that directly links MN 36 to Minnesota 95.

Meanwhile, access road work near the Wisconsin bluffs begins Tuesday, according to project officials. That work includes clearing trees, excavating, laying base aggregate for the trail surface and planting new trees. Crews will also install part of the drainage system that connects to the St. Croix Crossing approach. Crews do not expect any traffic impacts and work is expected to continue for three weeks.

On the Minnesota side, Lookout Trail will be closed for two weeks starting in mid-October so crews can complete utility work. Through traffic will use a signed detour, and residents will have access at all times, project officials said.

Other scheduled openings, weather permitting, are:

l Single-lane traffic will move to newly constructed eastbound lanes of MN 36 in late October.
l New ramp between MN 36 and MN 95 opens in late October.
l New MN 95 opens in late October.
l New Beach Road bridge opens in late November.
More information on continued impacts, detours and other updates is available on the project website.

Bridge foundation work in the St. Croix River is on track to be complete by early 2014. A major part of this is drilling 40 caissons into the muck and bedrock at the bottom of the river. Caissons are 9-feet diameter steel casings. Crews drill them up to 120 feet below the river surface, then fill them with rebar and concrete to create solid foundations for the new bridge.

Completing the 40 caissons is a major project milestone. Crews are more than half-way complete. Track progress on the project website every Wednesday. To learn how crews build the St. Croix Crossing Bridge foundations, check out the seven “easy” steps slide show.