Watch Load Testing for New St. Croix River Crossing

August 10th, 2012 by Mark

A new webcam has been installed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that will follow the construction of a new bridge. It will cross the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. The river is a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Currently the bridge builders are conducting load tests. The load testing will continue throughout the summer.

Apparently the load testing can be a noisy affair!

Load testing is done to give the bridge designers important information concerning how much load can be put on the soil underneath the river. This is obviously important if you don’t want the bridge to collapse!

The new St. Croix bridge project was initially approved in 1995, but it is only now that building is starting to take place. Since then there has been much arguing that has prevented the project from starting.

You can check out the webcam here.

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