Dec. 4, 2013
For Immediate Release - Minnesota Department of Transportation
Barges moving, breaking ice down St. Croix River, Mississippi River Dec. 4
Dangerous ice conditions to continue through winter 2013-14
STILLWATER, Minn. – Crews working on St. Croix Crossing pier foundations are demobilizing three barges Wednesday, Dec. 4, from the St. Croix River near Oak Park Heights and St. Joseph, Wis., to St. Paul via the Mississippi River.
This movement will break up any ice that has already formed, resulting in thin, irregular and dangerous ice conditions. Area residents participating in winter activities on the St. Croix River between the bridge construction zone near Stillwater and Hastings, and the Mississippi River between Hastings and St. Paul should use extreme caution.
Other barges on the project site are smaller and will be removed off site via truck. No additional barge movements as part of the St. Croix Crossing project are anticipated via river; however, dangerous ice conditions near the bridge construction zone will be ongoing though the winter. The area between Stillwater and Bayport remains an active construction zone, and river users should stay away from the area.
Signage about the thin ice will be placed at several river access points as well as on the St. Croix River both north and south of the bridge piers. For safety, The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation ask residents to heed thin ice warnings.
William M. HuttonCounty SheriffEmail15015 62nd St. N. Stillwater, MN 55082 Ph: 651-430-7600 Emergency: 9-1-1Business HoursMonday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.