Loop Trail construction, road Work to begin in St. Croix County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region is announcing the start of construction of the final construction phase of the St. Croix Crossing Project in the Town of St. Joseph, St. Croix County.

The 2018 construction will include the completion of two trailheads with parking lots, amenities at the Main Trailhead area along Houlton School Circle, the Loop Trail from the pedestrian underpass to the Stillwater Lift Bridge, local road work, landscaping installations and completion of the park and ride and connecting trail. Local road work includes the realignment of Hilltop Drive to connect into Main Street, abandonment of old County Highway E west of State and Rainbow Streets, and milling and repaving Main Street, Houlton School Circle and Hilltop Drive.

Construction is anticipated to begin on April 23, 2018. Information on the construction project, as well as a three-week look-ahead schedule of the construction can be found on the project website, https://projects.511wi.gov/stcroixcrossing/.

WisDOT has been working closely with St. Croix County on the pedestrian/bike trail and trailhead, and the Town of St. Joseph with the local road alterations. St. Croix County will be the owner and maintainer of the trail facility upon completion of the initial construction by WisDOT. The Town of St. Joseph is the maintaining agency of the old state highway facilities. 

The St. Croix Crossing project is a joint venture with Minnesota Department of Transportation, and has been under construction since 2013. The new bridge was open to traffic on August 2, 2017. Construction of the pedestrian/bike trail, final alterations to local roads, and landscaping will be completed by fall 2018. Completion of the Stillwater Lift Bridge conversion to a bicycle and pedestrian facility will be completed by summer 2019.

For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s northwest region, follow on Twitter: @WisDOTnorthwest, or visit the region’s 511 website: http://projects.511wi.gov/region/northwest/