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Narrows Bridge rehabilitation

County Road 19 in Orono and Tonka Bay

Hennepin County rehabilitated the Shadywood Road Bridge (County Road 19) over the Narrows, frequently referred to as the Narrows Bridge. 

Construction activities completed in November 2020.

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Rehabilitation work complete

The Narrows Bridge rehabilitation project started earlier this year has come to an end. We updated and rehabilitated the Shadywood Road Bridge over the Narrows Channel. This work will reduce the need for frequent maintenance activities in the future and the bridge should last many decades before any major reconstruction work is required.

To accomplish this work, crews:

  • Repaired abutments to provide a stronger foundation for the bridge.
  • Restored the bridge bearings and other bridge components to ensure the bridge continues to function as designed.
  • Repainted steel structures under the bridge to protect the steel and improve bridge aesthetics.
  • Added a new concrete bridge deck that will continue to handle all vehicles types.
  • Added taller concrete walls with new ornamental railings.

View of the rehabilitated Narrows Bridge

View of the rehabilitated and painted bridge from the Narrows Channel.

View of the new bridge deck

New concrete bridge deck.

New ornamental bridge railings

New ornamental railings to improve bridge aesthetics.

Thank you

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we worked to complete this project in Orono and Tonka Bay,

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