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Construction updates

New Tanager Bridge structure nearing completion

This construction season has been going well for our crews for the new Tanager Bridge. Much of the main structures for the new bridge are already complete.

All of this progress doesn’t mean we’re ready to open the new bridge yet. In fact, we still need to pour concrete for the new bridge deck, approaches and railings. And, the concrete needs time to cure to reach its full strength.

Also, some of the activities that remain will impact travel around the area, including people driving on Shoreline Drive and people using the channel under the bridge.

Our crews will take a pause once the new bridge structure is complete.

Fall construction activities

Once the new bridge structure is built, we will take a pause from construction to allow people who live, work and recreate in the area to continue to have access on Shoreline Drive and the Tanager Lake Channel during the peak summer months. 

That’s because the remaining construction activities include:

  • removing the existing bridge
  • realigning the road to the new bridge 
  • installing new curbs and gutters
  • paving and striping the new road connections
  • improving erosion protections along the shoreline 

These activities will require us to close Shoreline Drive at the bridge after Labor Day for up to 30 calendar days. And, we will need to close the channel periodically during bridge removal. 

This summer pause limits the impact to people while keeping the project on schedule for completion this year.  

We will provide more detail, including exact timing, as we get closer to the work.