Fall construction activities underway
Shoreline Drive at the Tanager Bridge closed for 30 days
On Tuesday, September 7, crews resumed construction activities on the Tanager Bridge in Orono.
Crews completed most of the work on the new bridge earlier this summer. Construction then was paused to allow people to travel on Shoreline Drive and the Tanager Lake Channel during the peak summer months.
The remaining work requires us to close the bridge to complete the remaining tasks. There will also be periodic closures of the channel. Barring any delays or weather, we anticipate the bridge being closed for 30 calendar days.
During the Shoreline Drive closure, crews will:
- Remove the existing bridge
- Realign the road to the new bridge
- Install new curbs and gutters
- Pave and stripe the new road connections
- Improve erosion protections along the shoreline
Once we are done with this work, we will then reopen the road you will be able to enjoy travelling on the new bridge. Crews will remain on site to complete work for a few weeks, but any traffic impacts should be minimal.
Through traffic will need to use the signed detour
All through traffic on Shoreline Drive, including large and heavy commercial vehicles, will need to use the detour taking:
- Highway 12
- Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112)
- Watertown Road / 6th Avenue (County Road 6)
- Shadywood Road / North Shore Drive (County Road 19)
Using these signed detours will keep you from experiencing additional delays and getting frustrated. And, it helps local streets stay safe for the individuals and families who live, work and play in the area.
People walking, biking and rolling will need to use other local routes as the bridge will be fully closed and the area will be an active construction site.
Maintaining local access up to the bridge
While the bridge is closed, we will continue to provide access to help people get to the marinas, other businesses and homes near the construction area.
View of the signed detour map.
Expect weekday closures at the Tanager Lake Channel
We are also closing the Tanager Lake Channel on weekdays from Wednesday, September 8 through Monday, September 20. The channel will be open on the weekends.
The weekday closures will allow crews to safely remove the old bridge and construct the shoreline along the southern half of the channel.
We will have signs and buoys at both ends of the channel to inform people of the closure.