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St. Croix Crossing begins to appear

Despite cold temperatures, a major milestone was achieved on March 1, as St. Croix Crossing crews began the process of lifting the first form onto Pier 8W, near the Minnesota shore. Construction crews will continue installing forms on the piers and pouring concrete, allowing the balance of the piers above the water line to take shape. A webcam allows viewers to observe moment-by-moment progress at (Submitted photos by MnDOT)1 / 2
Contractors are working on the 23 footings needed for Piers 1-7, all located on-land in Minnesota. In late December, crews started driving steel beams into the ground to establish the foundations. By late February, about 35 percent of the pile driving had been completed, and the contractors estimate the more than 10,000 feet of piling is now in the ground. This work will continue through May.2 / 2

STILLWATER, Minn.--Less than one year ago, work commenced on the decades-delayed St. Croix Crossing project to connect St. Croix County and Washington County (Minn.) with a modern, four-lane bridge by mid-2016.

Eight sets of pier foundations constructed in the St. Croix River were deemed substantially complete in late December.

Work transitioned to Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, the low bidder for the bridge superstructure. By mid-February, Lunda/Ames constructed a temporary causeway from the Minnesota shore to the first set of river pier foundations.