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Near Oak Park Heights in Washington County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

St. Croix Crossing

 
 
St. Croix Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Fitzie Heimdahl, April 11, 2020
1. St. Croix Crossing Marker
Inscription.  The St .Croix Crossing is an extradosed bridge design- described as a hybrid between a girder bridge and a cable- stayed bridge. The extra-dosed design was chosen because its signature qualities complement the natural attributes of the river valley. In an extradosed structure, the weight of the bridge and its users is supported by the piers and the external cables.

The foundations originate in sandstone up to 100 feet below the river bottom. The main river crossing has four equal spans of 600 feet, and the driving surface is about 110-150 feet above the river-shortest near the Minnesota shore and tallest near the Wisconsin shore. Each pier tower rises about 65 feet above the bridge deck.

The bridge deck was constructed using about 1,000 individual segments-each up to 18 feet tall and 48 feet wide. They were placed one at a time from each pier until they met at mid-span between the towers. The bridge opened to traffic in 2017.
 
Erected 2017.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
 
Location. 45° 

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2.369′ N, 92° 47.25′ W. Marker is near Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, in Washington County. Marker is on Minnesota Route 36, on the right when traveling west. It is located along the St. Croix Trail Crossing Loop path. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater MN 55082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building a Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Steamboats on the St. Croix (approx. ¼ mile away); White Pine Treaty (approx. ¼ mile away); Lake St. Croix (approx. 0.4 miles away); Migration (approx. half a mile away in Wisconsin); Home to Bald Eagles (approx. half a mile away in Wisconsin); Brule-St. Croix Waterway (approx. 0.6 miles away in Wisconsin); Steam Power, Railroads, and the Hersey & Bean Lumber Company (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Park Heights.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2020, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 11 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 13, 2020, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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