First new highway segment of St. Croix bridge project opens

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  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 2:00 PM

An area that was once the abandoned “ghost” neighborhood of Oak Park Heights, after months of tree removal and excavation, is beginning to offer hints of what motorists will see when the new St. Croix River bridge opens in late 2016. This view from the new Beach Road overpass, looking east toward the river, shows the new portion of Hwy. 36 that for the time being carries two-way traffic. The new road, which opened last week, will become an eastbound exit ramp to a new portion of Hwy. 95, which also opened last week. The main Hwy. 36 lanes that connect with the bridge will be constructed through the area where massive piles of earth now stand. Meanwhile, the old westbound lanes of Hwy. 36 between Hwy. 95 and Osgood Avenue were being removed last week. A map of the entire bridge project that shows how approach highways will be configured in Oak Park Heights is available at www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing/pdf/projectmap.pdf.

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Willy53Nov. 3, 13 9:42 AM

Is this progress in the protected St. Croix Valley? Remove multiple neighborhoods, cover them with dirt and replace with concrete and asphalt roadways. This is exactly the kind of "progress" the Wild and Scenic Rivers was designed to prevent and indeed was doing quite well until Senator Colemans "freeway bridge requirement legislation" and Bachmann's and Klobuchar's exemption legislation. Throw in MNDOT's misguided and determined effort to place a nonconforming mega bridge in a minor tranasportation corridor and you really have an environmental disaster for the valley and ultimately for every single designated and protected river in the country. This is just the beginning of HW 36 reorganization required by the megabridge and costing about 300 million in total. More expensive maintenance, more mileage of roads and a monster bridge hogging transportation dollars and requiring maintenance on a scale we simply can't afford anymore. Sad for everybody but Wisconsin commuters.

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hildigardNov. 4, 13 9:52 AM

sprawl sprawl sprawl. when will we ever learn?

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