The new St. Croix Crossing by air

MPR photo/Bob Collins

Construction is continuing on the new St. Croix Crossing across the Saint Croix River, just south of the old lift bridge in Stillwater.

As of last week, 19 of 23 Minnesota approach pier footings are complete and four piers have been built to their full height, according to MnDOT. Of the three bridge abutments, construction of the eastbound ramp abutment is complete.

I got a chance to fly around the area this morning to get a better idea of the progress.

Photo: Bob Collins/MPR News

If it were a race, the Minnesota side would seem to be ahead. The interchange and upgrade of the highway is well underway and it’s easy to see how the bridge will be incorporated into highway 36 with an interchange to highway 95. Starting today, lane shifts will be in place on Osgood Ave. north of Hwy 36 beginning. The interchange is closed through much of June.

MPR photo/Bob Collins

It won’t be long…

Courtesy Minnesota Department of Transportation. MPR photo/Bob Collins

On the Wisconsin side, it’s a little more difficult to see where the traffic will go.

This farmer had a nice spot along the river and plenty of land. Now, he’s got construction equipment in the front yard and, soon, plenty of traffic. We noticed that most of the grain bins appear new.

Photo: Bob Collins/MPR

Someday, it’ll look like this:

Courtesy: Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Starting Monday, crews will begin reconstructing the N. Frontage Road from Northwestern Ave to Osgood Ave, according to MnDOT.

You can follow the project with MnDOT’s webcam.

More information and updates about the St. Croix Crossing are available via Facebook.