St. Croix Crossing Photo Gallery Part I

October 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Bridges, Streets, and Highways | Leave a comment
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The St. Croix Crossing is one of the regions biggest investments in regional mobility in some time. I wrote a two part series about the much-too-long story of finally getting it built, so here simply are the best of the 1000 or so construction photos I have.

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A nice sign on either side

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The Ghost Neighborhood on the Minnesota Side. All the houses were removed for the bridge in the 1990s before the car-haters stopped the bridge for a while.

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The Shoddy Mill, a set of historic buildings in the ghost neighborhood. The original contract to move these was cancelled when the bridge was stopped.

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The Ghost Neighborhood is cleared out

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Minnesota Highway 36. The New Bridge will go straight ahead

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Where the bridge will touch down in Wisconsin

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The approach road will go to the right of this farm

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More work on the ghost neighborhood

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Starting to tear up MN 36

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The soon to be demolished Beach St. overpass

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Looking north on MN 95. After the enviro-nuts stopped the bridge the first time money had to be spent patching up this overpass. It’s now about to be demolished.

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The new Beach Street overpass going up

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The new Beach Street Overpass

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MN 36 and MN 95

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MN 36 and MN 95, this will eventually be the off-ramp to MN 95, the bridge will on the left.

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Beach Street Overpass

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Looking north on MN 95

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Looking west- the new bridge will be directly overhead

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Clearing starting on the Wisconsin side

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A slightly different angle

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Bridge Pier rising

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From the new Beach Street overpass looking towards Minnesota

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And towards Wisconsin

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MN 36 from a ways back looking towards Wisconsin

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A little higher..

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WI 35 closed for overpass work

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Mess of signals at MN 36 and Osgood

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MN 95 coming along

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The casting yard taking shape for the smaller segments on the Minnesota approach. The large river segments were cast off-site and taken in barges

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Bridge abutment

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Minnesota approach piers

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And a little higher yet…

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The old bridge from the water

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New bridge from the water

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More piers

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And yet another view of the piers

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The barge coal unloading terminal, probably the ugliest structure ever. The dock was used as part of the project; at the conclusion the dock and machinery will all be removed.

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Closeup of the piers

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Samples of rebar on display at the tour boat

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Segments in the on-site casting yard

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The casting yard

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Yet another view from the overlook

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Looking towards the bridge at Wisconsin

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The other direction at Wisconsin

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Telephoto view from Wisconsin

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The new bridge looking though the old bridge

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The King plant and the Minnesota approach span

On to Part II

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