Those bangs heard on the St. Croix River at night are coming from round-the-clock work on bridge foundations that will continue into early December as work to build a four-lane bridge accelerates.
Work on four of the five pier locations in the river is ongoing, and the fifth pier should be under way in late September, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said.
In addition, night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township, to remove excess soil from the Hwy. 36 approach site to where the new bridge will be built, will continue through early September. Additional night hauling is possible later in the season.
The Minnesota approach project will be complete by fall 2014, and the new bridge will be complete in fall 2016, MnDOT said.
Additional details are available on the project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing/.
Radio Drive trail will be constructed
A trail along Radio Drive between Hudson Boulevard and Interstate 94 will be constructed along county and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) right of way.
The Washington County Board requested a permit from MnDOT for the trail at its meeting Aug. 20.
The City of Woodbury has approved development of a Cabela’s sporting goods store on a parcel of property west of Radio Drive, and Cabela’s will construct a trail to complete a missing trail link between Oakdale and Woodbury.
A small section of this trail will extend into MnDOT right of way.
Sports Hall of Fame plans banquet, event
The St. Croix Valley Sports Hall of Fame and its sponsor, St. Croix Valley Athletic Association, have announced the class of 2013.
The inductees are: Don Buege, 1948; Adam Berkhoel, 1999; Molly Miller Casey, 1999; Coach George Hoeppner and Coach Duane Mutschler. Also being recognized are the two state championship teams of Coach Scott Christensen, the 2011 Boys Cross Country and 2012 Boys Track and Field.
Every five years the Hall of Fame committee recognizes 12 individuals for their accomplishments and contributions to Stillwater High School sports from the early 1900s into the 1970s era.