Twin Cities metro briefs: Construction at Chain of Lakes

  • Updated: July 19, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Construction on the new St. Croix River bridge, rear, has recently become visible.

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Minneapolis

Construction ahead at Chain of Lakes

If you’re going near the Chain of Lakes over the next few weeks, be prepared for some detours.

Near Lake Calhoun, CenterPoint Energy will close down portions of Dean Boulevard beginning Wednesday for line restoration work. The Park and Recreation Board said this will mean detours for many getting to the lake.

Meanwhile, the Met Council’s Environmental Services Division is rehabilitating parts of the sewer system near Lake Harriet. That has affected bike and vehicle traffic near the parkway.

Residents can receive alerts about parkway closures by signing up at minneapolispark.org/subscribe.

Alejandra Matos @amatos12

Oak Park Heights

New interstate bridge is starting to take shape

Less imagination is required lately to picture a finished St. Croix River bridge as tall piers rise off the water and the first crossbeams to connect them are built.

Workers will continue tying reinforcement steel on a crossbeam for Pier 8, the closest to the Minnesota shoreline, and will start soon on Pier 9, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

In Oak Parks Heights, which will inherit bridge traffic from Stillwater when the new four-lane bridge opens in late 2016, Hwy. 36 traffic will shift to new rebuilt lanes this week, MnDOT said. Other lanes then will close for construction.

Across the river, in St. Croix County, Wis., grading continues on a new Hwy. 64 that will link the bridge to an existing four-lane highway near Somerset.

Kevin Giles @stribgiles

Scott County

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