Tonkawa Road (County Road 135) bridge reconstruction


Hennepin County, in partnership with the city of Orono, replaced a bridge on Tonkawa Road (County Road 135) during summer 2016.

Often referred to as Boy Scout Bridge, the bridge carries Tonkawa Road over the channel between Maxwell Bay and North Arm of Lake Minnetonka and is located between North Shore Drive (County Road 51) to the south and Bayside Road (County Road 84) to the north.

The bridge is now open to all traffic. 

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Built in 1930 and remodeled in 1977, the previous bridge was made of steel beams and a timber deck, and was classified as structurally deficient. It was a two-lane bridge with no shoulder and restrictions for certain vehicle loads.

The new bridge has improved driving surfaces, is wider and has concrete railings.

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