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Tanager Bridge reconstruction

County Road 15 in Orono

Hennepin County replaced the Shoreline Drive Bridge (County Road 15) over Tanager Lake, frequently referred to as Tanager Bridge.

Construction activities will be complete in fall 2021.

Project timeline showing planning and design phases are completed. Construction and project completion are expected for 2021.
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Tanager Bridge reopens to traffic

Shoreline Drive (County Road 15) in Orono is now open to traffic. Crews have completed the realignment of the roadway and connected it to the new Tanager Bridge.

The new bridge replaces a bridge that had reached the end of its service life. It offers much needed updates and improvements that include: 

  • A realigned roadway with improved sightlines 
  • A new bridge deck for a smoother ride 
  • Improved channel clearance by more than a foot
  • New riprap sloping to provide erosion protection to the channel shoreline

These improvements mean a safer and better travel experience for all. 

Keep crews safe as work continues to finish the project

Crews will continue working in the area to finish the remaining construction activities and this could impact travel times.

Crews will be onsite to:

  • paint the bridge,
  • pave nearby driveways,
  • construct the new shoreline slopes at the Tanager Lake channel, and
  • grade and seed the landscape around the construction area

We will keep disruptions to a minimum whenever possible, but people driving can expect occasional traffic delays from shoulder and lane closures. Be on the lookout for signs and flaggers onsite and slow down when traveling through the construction zone.

Paving driveways on Thursday, October 13

On Thursday afternoon, October 13, crews will pave driveway entrances on Shoreline Drive near the Tanager Bridge. Due to the limited shoulder space on Shoreline Drive, we will need to flag traffic to complete the work.

Please anticipate delays when traveling through the construction area. For your safety and safety of our crews, please slow down, use extra caution and follow flagger directions.

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