Tricounty News

Highway 23 bridge opens Oct. 29

Motorists will experience greater safety and mobility along Highway 23 when the new Granite City Crossing in St. Cloud opens to traffic Thursday, Oct. 29.

Crews began construction on the new $19.2 million bridge October 2008. In early April 2009, Mn/DOT, in a partnership with the city of St. Cloud, began the $13 million construction project along Highway 23 from Washington Memorial Drive to 4th Avenue.

A coordinated opening of the Granite City Crossing and four lanes of mainline Highway23/Division Street will occur Thursday.

The westbound ramp at 9th Avenue will remain closed until Nov. 1. The signals at 9th Avenue are scheduled to be activated at the end of this week.

Motorists will see construction activity through mid-November as crews work on the Cloverleaf parking lot, Riverside Drive and the pedestrian trail at the east end of the bridge.

Landwehr Construction Inc. of St. Cloud was the prime contractor for the Highway 23/Division Street road improvement project.

Lunda Construction Company of Black River Falls, Wis., was the prime contractor for the Highway 23 Mississippi River bridge replacement project.

Landscaping and area visual aesthetics will carry over into 2010. The entire project will be Granite City Crossing (formerly the DeSoto Bridge) which was closed March 2008, because of distortions found in gusset plates on four locations of the bridge. The old bridge was demolished in late August 2008.