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Stillwater bridge approach work to continue

Motorists and boaters will experience similar ongoing traffic impacts on Highway 36, Highway 95, local roads and the St. Croix River during the week of July 1. New Highway 36/Highway 95 for the Minnesota approach work will begin in mid-July.

Traffic impacts, including intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 and Highway 95, the temporary bypass and closed neighborhood access, remain the same as previous weeks. The temporary bypass runs through an active construction zone. For safety reasons, pedestrians are prohibited from walking on the bypass or through the construction zone. For a complete list of impacts, visit

Because of high water levels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is enforcing a no wake zone on St. Croix River. This will be in effect until the water level decreases, which is estimated to take at least one week. 

Crews continue work on piers near the Minnesota and Wisconsin shoreline. This includes, pile driving, caisson installation and excavation for pier footings. Work on Pier 8 stopped because of high water levels. This is expected to resume the week of July 8.

Crews will not work on the bridge foundations July 4-7; however, the restricted river channel will remain in place. Buoys between Stillwater and Bayport provide a designated work zone area and narrow the river channel to meet Coast Guard standards. After river levels decrease, MnDOT and WisDOT request boaters to not create wakes in the restricted channel for the safety of crews working and equipment stability. They also request boaters to not enter the designated work zone.

Crews will reconstruct Highway 36 east of Osgood Avenue and Highway 95 from Lookout Trail to Point Road. Traffic impacts begin mid-July and continue through the end of the 2013 construction season. Highway 36 and Highway 95 will remain open; however, traffic will experience several changes.

Highway 36

-- A traffic switch will occur in mid-July and continue through the end of September 2013.

-- Traffic on eastbound Highway 36 will crossover just west of Osgood Avenue and use a single lane on the westbound Highway 36 lanes. Because of this, westbound Highway 36 traffic will also use a single lane.

-- Highway 36 ramps to and from Beach Road will remain open. However, Beach Road is anticipated to close later this summer.

-- This traffic switch allows crews to reconstruct the Highway 36 eastbound lanes as well as ramps to and from Highway 95.

-- Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction of Highway 36 and Highway 95. This affects traffic going southbound on Highway 95 and eastbound on Highway 36 to northbound Highway 95. 

-- Nearby residents and businesses may experience some visual and noise disruptions beginning mid-July through the end of October, while crews excavate and haul excess dirt during daytime and overnight hours Monday through Saturday. This work is needed to construct the Highway 36 extension to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge. The haul route includes Beach Rd and Stagecoach Trail to Osprey St in Bayport.

Highway 95

-- Highway 95 traffic will use a single lane in each direction from Point Road to Lookout Trail from mid-July through the end of the 2013 construction season.

-- Crews will realign Highway 95, complete utility work and construct trails.

-- A Highway 95 weekend closure to remove the flyover bridge for eastbound Highway 36 to northbound Highway 95 will occur later this summer.

Access to businesses along Highway 36 and Highway 95 will remain open at all times. Typical work hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until dusk. However, expect some overnight work.

The Minnesota approach project will be complete by fall 2014, and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge will be complete in fall 2016. When all work is complete, motorists will have smoother highway pavement surfaces, improved flow at intersections, improved frontage road system and a new river crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin.    

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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