Work is under way at three of five St. Croix River bridge pier locations
St. Croix Crossing construction crews are making great progress out in the St. Croix River, with work underway at three of the five bridge pier locations, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews are forming the third of three sections to the bridge deck at Pier 8. Construction continues on the first of three sections to the deck at Pier 9. And crews are beginning to place forms and install reinforcement bar at Pier 12.
In addition, four of the 23 approach piers on the Minnesota shore are built to their full height.
Pile driving has resumed on the four pier footings that are yet to be completed.
Buoys that will mark the one-mile, restricted St. Croix River channel will soon be placed in the river. The narrowed channel near bridge construction is 300 feet wide and will be marked with buoys through fall 2016. Boaters are asked to continue respecting the no wake worker safety zone between Stillwater and Bayport throughout the summer boating season.
Other upcoming St. Croix Crossing project work includes the following.
North Frontage Road work between Northwestern Avenue and Osgood Avenue began the week of May 12 and will continue through late June, weather permitting. Local resident and business access will be available at all times. The road will be open to vehicle traffic during construction, but it will be a gravel surface. Motorists may experience flaggers directing traffic through the work zone. For safety reasons, pedestrian access will not be available during this work. The newly reconstructed North Frontage Road will have curb and gutter as well as a dedicated left-turn lane.
Work to build the new Greeley Street north side intersection at Hwy. 36 will begin after North Frontage Road work is complete.
The north side of the Hwy. 36/Osgood Avenue intersection in Oak Park Heights reopened to traffic on Saturday night, May 10. Lane shifts currently in place on Osgood Avenue north of Hwy. 36 will continue following the reopening of the intersection. Traffic on Osgood Avenue will use the west side of the road while crews complete utility work and road reconstruction on the east side. Traffic will then shift to the newly constructed lanes on the east side so crews can work on the west side. Night work also will cease after the intersection reopens, though additional night work for project activities is possible later in the season.
Throughout 2014 construction, Hwy. 36 and Hwy. 95 in Minnesota will remain open. Access to businesses and residences will be available at all times.
More detailed information and maps showing the 2014 construction schedule are available at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.
Last week, the contractor focused on placing concrete on the bridge abutment wing walls for the new Hwy. 35 overpass over Hwy. 64, placing mulch and seed on the new stormwater pond and moving dirt as part of project activities. In addition, the detour route received fresh pavement marking paint.
Anticipated work for the week of May 12 includes:
--Placing more concrete for the bridge abutment wing walls.
--Removing additional dirt starting at the new interchange at County E. In traditional practice, the contractor will use watering trucks to control the dust.
Minnesota approach work will be substantially complete by the end of 2014 and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge/Wisconsin approach work will be complete in late summer/early fall 2016.
When all work is finished, motorists will have smoother highway pavement surfaces, improved flow at intersections, an improved frontage road system—including safer access—and a new river crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin. All of this will occur while maintaining or restoring the area’s cultural, historic and environmental resources.
For more information visit the project website at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing. There is also an office at 1862 Greeley St. So. In Stillwater; hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.