The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today that Maple Grove-based, C.S. McCrossan, will lead the reconstruction and realignment of Highway 36—also known as the first phase of the St. Croix Crossing project.
“We want to thank the cities, counties and all stakeholders who were instrumental in the success of the project development phase of the St. Croix Crossing," St. Croix Crossing Project Director Jon Chiglo said in a news release. "As we enter the implementation phase and look forward to construction beginning on Highway 36 in early spring, we will continue to work together to bring the project to fruition.”
In addition to reconstructing and realigning Minnesota Highways 36 and 95, the project includes:
- Adding turn lanes on both intersections at Oakgreen and Greely, as well as Osgood
- Realigning the intersection of Oakgreen and Greeley to improve access points
- Creating a shared center turn lane by converting the north and south frontage roads
- Adding a trail along the south frontage road to connect to the new loop trail
- Adding ponds to improve storm water treatment and water quality
- Creating access to Hwy 95 by connecting the south frontage road to Stage Coach Trail
- Realigning the Beach Road bridge to include bike and pedestrian trails
- Constructing noise and retaining walls
- Adding traffic signals, lighting, signing and pavement markings
- Implementing an Intelligent Transportation System with cameras and traffic detection
- Relocating utilities
The Highway 36 project will begin in early spring and be complete Fall 2014.
MnDOT and WisDOT plan to host St. Croix Crossing open houses this spring, as well as offer other opportunities for residents and businesses to engage with project personnel.
Along with the reconstruction of Minnesota Hwy 36, the St. Croix Crossing project includes, a four-lane river bridge, a roadway approach on the Wisconsin side of the river, historic and environmental mitigation, and trail development.
These parts of the project will be covered by separate contracts.