Updated: 03/12/2014 12:13 PM
Created: 03/12/2014 11:57 AM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson
Throughout the day Wednesday, St. Croix Crossing project coordinators answered questions from the public on what roads will be congested and the areas to avoid as construction moves forward.
The St. Croix Crossing project is running right on schedule to be finished late in the summer of 2016.
Construction is well underway at the new intersection of Highways 36 and 95 in Oak Park Heights, the Minnesota site of what will soon be known as the St. Croix Crossing.
"The new St. Croix Crossing is a replacement for the Stillwater Lift Bridge which is a 1930's era bridge that is at the end of its design life," said Jessica Wiens, Communications Manager for the St. Croix Crossing project. "It's completely safe for vehicles at this point but we need a long-term solution for a crossing to the Stillwater area and back to Wisconsin, as well as to reduce congestion in the downtown Stillwater area."
All bridge work underwater is now complete and by the fall we will actually be able to start seeing the bridge come together above the water.
However, that means crews have a lot of work ahead of them in a short amount of time.
"We found from projects across the state that Minnesotans prefer that we get in, get the work done and get out as quickly as possible and that's what our schedule reflects," said Wiens.
MnDOT and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are splitting the cost of the bridge down the middle. According to MnDOT, 35 percent of Minnesota bridges are more than 50 years old.
For the roads to avoid and where the St. Croix Crossing project stands as construction moves forward, visit www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.