Work on new St. Croix Bridge could begin next monthRegional News
-- Preliminary work could begin as early as next month on the new four-lane bridge over the Saint Croix River near Hudson.
HUDSON - Preliminary work could begin as early as next month on the new four-lane bridge over the Saint Croix River near Hudson.
Minnesota’s DOT said Carl Bolander-and-Sons of Saint Paul outbid a couple of Wisconsin firms to install test shafts to check structural loads for the new bridge. Officials expect to award a three-and-a-half million dollar contract by mid-May. The test borings could take 2-to-3 months to complete. Adam Josephson of Minnesota’s DOT says the soils under the river are challenging – and more data than normal is needed to guarantee a safe and a cost-effecting footing for the new bridge.
After decades of environmental debates, Congress and President Obama gave final approval to the bridge project earlier this year. Wisconsin and Minnesota are splitting the nearly $620-million dollar price tag. Construction begins next year, and the new bridge is expected to open in 2016.