St. Croix River Crossing: Construction of Piers to Start in 2013

MnDOT anticipates construction on the bridge foundations for the St. Croix River Crossing Project to begin in late-spring 2013. Previously, construction was planned to begin in spring 2014.

The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation announced today they will accelerate the St. Croix River Crossing project by starting construction on the river piers for the bridge foundation in 2013.

That means construction is anticipated to begin on the bridge foundations in late-spring 2013. Previously, construction was planned to begin in spring 2014. 

“We have been working on integrating the results of the load testing to make the project more efficient in terms of managing scope, schedule and budget,” MnDOT’s Project Director Jon Chiglo said in a news release. “By separating out the foundation work, we can start construction sooner, reduce inflation costs and create jobs a year earlier than scheduled.” 

The $50 million contract will open for bids in late-winter 2013. 

The St. Croix River Crossing project replaces the Stillwater Lift Bridge “with a safer, more reliable” four-lane bridge that will connect expressways on both sides of the St. Croix River according to MnDOT. The project adds extensive trail systems, including converting the Stillwater Lift Bridge to a bicycle and pedestrian crossing.

It also includes constructing three miles of four-lane highway on Highway 35 Wisconsin and reconstructing about three miles of Highway 36 and Highway 95 in Minnesota.    

The four-lane St. Croix Crossing Bridge is estimated to cost between $280 million and $310 million. The total cost for the entire St. Croix Crossing project is estimated to cost between $580 million and $676 million. 

Shawn Hogendorf October 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I haven't heard that, Susan. I believe the bridge will remain closed to motor vehicles into December. There is, however, a change to the Lift Schedule starting Oct. 15 that will impact boaters. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/liftbridge/
yomammy October 10, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I hope it opens soon...the traffic thru hudson is teh suxxor!
Susan October 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thanks. It must have been something about the lift schedule that I read too quickly. yomammy, welcome to our world, at least you only have the traffic for three months. ;)
Carbon Bigfuut October 11, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Susan, you did NOT read it too quickly. Some of the papers reported that "the bridge will be opening on 2 Sundays in Oct.", but missed mentioning that it was "opening" for boats, not cars. I don't know if it was poor communication from MNDOT, or the papers misinterpretation, but I saw it reported that way in multiple papers (I'm thinking the St. Paul & Mpls. papers here).
Susan October 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thanks, CB. I looked at the MNDOT site yesterday when I got home and found this statement. "The lift span will open on Sundays only from Oct. 15 through Nov. 5, and not open again until late in December, toward the end of the project." I think it was some variation of this line that made me think the bridge itself was opening for a little while. I was just double checking as it has been great to be able to travel downtown via 36/95, and I wanted to avoid it again if it was going to be open for a little bit.


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