St. Croix River Crossing Completion Date Delayed

A view from the Minnesota side of the bridge taken on July 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Demulling)

A view from the Minnesota side of the bridge taken on July 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Demulling)

As it turns out, we’ll have to wait longer than fall 2016 to drive over the new St. Croix River Crossing.

The Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation on Friday announced that the completion date for the bridge portion of the St. Croix River Crossing project will be delayed.

“This is a very complex engineering project,” MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle said in a prepared statement.  “This is only the second major bridge of its type built in the U.S. and the methods of construction are taking longer than anticipated.”

The project had planned to open the bridge to traffic in fall 2016. Zelle said that the work will continue into 2017.

MnDOT, WisDOT and Lunda/Ames Joint Venture are currently working together on a new schedule.

“We will announce the new completion date before the end of this year,” Zelle said. “While we know that residents of this region want the bridge to be open for traffic as soon as possible, our highest priority is to complete the project safely and to the high standards we’ve set for it.”

Zelle added that the roadwork on the Minnesota side on Hwy 36 is complete and that the Hwy 64 roadwork on the Wisconsin side of the project is underway and on schedule.

No new traffic impacts are anticipated with the change of the completion date of the project.

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