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Elm Creek Road Bridge reconstruction

County Road 202 in Dayton

Hennepin County, in partnership with City of Dayton, Three Rivers Park District, and local, state and federal agencies, replaced the Elm Creek Road Bridge (County Road 202). The bridge is located within the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Dayton.

Construction began in December 2018. The project reached completion in summer 2019.

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Features of the new bridge

The bridge and 1,000 feet of connecting roadway in the Elm Creek Park Reserve was reconstructed with design and functional improvements, including:

  • A second travel lane to improve traffic flow and align with the rest of Elm Creek Road
  • New guardrails and shoulders to improve safety
  • Restored and improved Elm Creek shoreline

Environmental improvements in the area were completed, including:

  • Adding new rip rap (large rock) slopes for erosion control along the Elm Creek
  • Constructing new floodplain culverts

Hennepin County, in partnership with City of Dayton and the Three Rivers Park District, is reconstructing the Elm Creek Road Bridge in Dayton.

The bridge and 1,000 feet of connecting roadway in the Elm Creek Park Reserve will be reconstructed with design and functional improvements, including:

  • A second travel lane to improve traffic flow and align with the rest of Elm Creek Road.
  • New guardrails and shoulders to improve safety.
  • Restored and improved Elm Creek shoreline.

Project protects and supports environment

The project team is collaborating with local, state and federal agencies in an effort to protect and support Elm Creek Park Reserve's natural environment.

A majority of the reconstruction will occur during the winter months to help limit disturbances to native wildlife species.

Once constructed, the new bridge and connecting roadway will be realigned to limit impacts to the parklands, including vegetation. Also, floodplain culverts reduce sediments from getting into Elm Creek and allow wildlife to safely pass through during dry conditions.

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