It’s been a long, long time coming, but groundwork for the new St. Croix River Crossing project will begin this week.
Crews will be hauling materials to the area adjacent to the Beach Road ramp off eastbound Highway 36 in Oak Park Heights beginning this week, according to a news release from MnDOT. Piles of dirt will be visible to the south of Highway 36 while the area is prepared for future Beach Road Bridge construction.
The piles of dirt—called surcharge—will be monitored throughout the winter to measure the weight-bearing ability of soils beneath the piles, providing information for future construction on the site.
In addition, crews this fall will construct a parking lot for use by the city of Oak Park Heights and Phil’s Club Tara restaurant. The parking lot will be located east of the restaurant and will replace parking spaces lost due to changes in the frontage road.
In other river crossing project news this week, MnDOT announced that plans to move the Shoddy Mill and Warehouse have been delayed.