Busy overpass will close near site of new bridge in Oak Park Heights

  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 2:00 PM

One of the busiest highway overpasses in Washington County will close in early August for construction of approach highways to the new St. Croix River bridge in Oak Park Heights.

Residents and business owners may attend a public meeting about the upcoming Beach Road overpass closure over Hwy. 36. The meeting will occur Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Oak Park Heights City Hall, 14168 Oak Park Blvd. N.

Jon Chiglo, St. Croix Crossing project manager, will talk about the closure at 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Project staff also will be available to answer questions.

The overpass will close in early August, allowing crews to construct a new one.

Permanent closures will occur at the entrance ramp from Beach Road to westbound Hwy. 36 and the exit ramp from eastbound Hwy. 36 to Beach Road.

How to get to and from Hwy. 95 after the Beach Road overpass closes:

• Access to southbound Hwy. 95 will be available from eastbound Hwy. 36 by going south on Hwy. 5 and then east on County Road 14.

• Access to westbound Hwy. 36 will be available from northbound Hwy. 95 by going west on 56th Street N., south on Stagecoach Trail, west on County Road 14 and then north on Hwy. 5.

New Hwy. 95 ramps to and from Hwy. 36 will open at the end of September. The new Beach Road bridge will open in late 2013.

The Minnesota approach project will be completed by fall 2014, and the new bridge will open in late 2016, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

Oak Park Heights

Tax-forfeited land sold for Hwy. 36

The Washington County Board has approved the sale of tax forfeited land in Oak Park Heights to the Transportation Department for Hwy. 36 construction.

The land was needed for construction of the new St. Croix River bridge, and the realignment of Beach Road North and Lookout Trail North. The Transportation Department will pay $42,000 for the property.

McLellan to join Extension Committee

Ann McLellan of Stillwater will join the Washington County Minnesota Extension Committee. The County Board made the appointment June 18. She will serve an unexpired term until the end of the year.

County Extension work includes educational programs and services provided by agents in the areas of agriculture, economic and human development, community leadership and environment and natural resources.

The Extension Committee works with the County Board through the county’s Department of Public Health and Environment to meet its goals.

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