Sterling Street Bridge Replacement

The City of Maplewood is replacing the Sterling Street Bridge. Construction on the Sterling Street Bridge, located between Carver Avenue and Bailey Road, is anticipated to begin early/mid-August and last about four weeks. The timber bridge will be replaced with a 16’ (width) x 10’ (height) box culvert. This includes widening the roadway up to 8’ to accommodate other users.

Sterling Street will not be open for through traffic, and there will be a detour in place. Residential access to properties will be maintained throughout construction. 

UPDATE (11/1/21)
Work done last week:

  • Installed guard rails
  • Installed street signs

Remaining work to be done in the next week or two to complete the project:

  • Pave 2nd lift of asphalt
  • Striping

UPDATE (10/25/21)
Work done this last week:

  • Finished gravel base
  • Seeded site
  • Installed first lift of pavement

Work anticipated next week:

  • Install guard rails
  • Install street signs
  • Install second lift of pavement

UPDATE (10/18/21)

Work done last week:

  • Installed gravel base
  • Installed curb and gutter
  • Installed black dirt

Work anticipated this week:

  • Finish black dirt installation
  • Tolerance gravel base
  • Install first lift of pavement


UPDATE (10/8/21)

Work done this past week:

  • General grading of the site
  • Brought road bed up to sub grade
  • Installed new storm sewer

Work anticipated next week:

  • Install gravel base
  • Install curb and gutter
  • Install black dirt

UPDATE (9/28/21)

Work done this past week:

  • Set end sections of the culvert
  • Started backfilling of the box culvert

Work anticipated next week:

  • Place Rip Rap at the ends of the box culvert
  • Continue backfilling the box culvert
  • Remove creek diversion


UPDATE (9/17/21)

Work done this past week:

  • Prepping base for box culvert
  • Installed box culvert

Work anticipated next week:

  • Set end sections of box culvert
  • Start back filling of box culvert

UPDATE (9/10/21)

Work done this past week:

  • Completed removal of the existing bridge
  • Diverted creek flow

Work anticipated next week:

  • Prepping base for box culvert
  • Start setting box culvert sections mid-week

UPDATE (8/27/21)

Work done this past week:

  • Clearing and Grubbing of the trees
  • Installation of erosion control
  • Began removal of existing bridge

Work anticipated next week (depending on the weather):

  • Complete removal of existing bridge
  • Divert creek flow
  • Prepping base for box culvert

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UPDATE (8/2/21)
The Contractor plans to begin setting up traffic control on August 2nd, and construction is expected to last about five weeks. The road will be closed to through traffic, and there will be a detour in place.  Residential access to properties will be maintained throughout construction. Please use caution around the work zone; safety for residents and construction crews is the number one priority.

The City’s on-site project manager is Gary Garr. He can be reached at 612-599-9741 and gary.garr@bolton-menk.com.

Please use caution around the work zone; safety for residents and construction crews is the number one priority.

Background: Replacement planning began in 2016 when the City of Maplewood requested proposals for the design of the project. The City had been monitoring the condition of the bridge, which is inspected by Ramsey County. The project received Bridge Bond funding in early 2021, and Northland Grading and Excavating has been awarded the contract. Private utility work to accommodate the project has already begun. This includes the moving of electric and communications lines.

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Detour Route Map

Sterling Bridge detour route