Weather Forecast


St. Croix River Crossing foundation work set to begin

Overnight work on the bridge foundations begins Monday, Aug. 26, as part of St. Croix Crossing construction.

The noise disruptions associated with the nighttime work will be very similar to the noise associated with the ongoing daytime work. Crews will work 24 hours Sunday night through daytime Saturday, and the nighttime work is expected until early December.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 23, through mid-September, motorists will experience intermittent closures of Pickett Ave. N. and 56th St. N. near Highway 95. One of the two roads will remain open at all times, providing access to/from Highway 95. Crews will complete utility work and land clearing. In mid-September, 56th Street N. will permanently close. Large trucks and semis may find it difficult making turns in this area and should use an alternate route if traveling between Highway 36 and Highway 95 until the new ramps open this fall.

Crews will shift traffic on Highway 95 the week of Aug. 26. Traffic will continue to have a single lane in each direction; however, motorists traveling on Hwy 95 between 10th Ave N. and the Hwy 36 junction will travel on the  east side of the road on temporary pavement.

Motorists should also expect traffic delays at the Osgood intersection, due to the Beach Road bridge closure. Motorists and trucks traveling between Highway 36 and Highway 95 are encouraged to use the signedalternate routes to avoid congestion.  Local traffic to businesses and residences should use the new extension of the S. Frontage Road.

Construction of the new Beach Road bridge is ongoing. This work will continue through the end of November. Crews will remove the old bridge and Hwy 36 ramps this fall. Motorists should not expect any full closures of Highway 36 for this removal.

Crews are reconstructing eastbound Highway 36 and the ramps to/from Highway 95. They are also realigning Highway 95, completing utility work and constructing trails. 

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Night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township to remove excess dirt from the job site will continue through early September. This work is needed to construct the Highway 36 extension to the new St. Croix Crossing. Additional night hauling is possible later in the season.

Other night work continues in the Old Neighborhood area in Oak Park Heights. This includes material screening operations and excavation. This work will continue through the fall.

Boaters on the St. Croix River will experience no new impacts, and the no wake worker safety zone is still in effect.

Buoys remain in place along the Minnesota and Wisconsin shoreline. The no wake zone is in place for the safety of crews working and equipment stability.

Work on four of the five pier locations in the river is ongoing. The fifth pier is anticipated to be underway in late-September. Crews are installing caissons and excavating for pier footings through December 2013.

Crews continue hydraulic drilling, breaking and excavating. This activity is necessary for work on Pier 8 located closest to the Minnesota shoreline. Work will continue for about four more weeks. Residents may experience some noise disruptions. Additional hydraulic drilling may occur later in the season.

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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