Tanager Bridge (County Road 15) in Orono
Bridge on schedule to reopen soon
Crews have completed most of the required construction activities to build the new bridge in its future alignment.
We are approximately a week away from reopening the Tanager Bridge (County Road 15). There are a few construction activities that we need to complete before we can reopen.
This week, crews began installing bridge piling. Weather permitting, we expect this work to take all next week to complete. Once this is done, we will patch the road, stripe and reopen the bridge to through traffic.
When the bridge reopens, people driving through the construction site on Shoreline Drive (County Road 15) should slow down and use caution as crews will continue to work with large equipment nearby.
Through traffic: use the signed detour
Until Shoreline Drive reopens, all through traffic, including large and heavy commercial vehicles, needs to use the signed detour:
- Highway 12
- Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112)
- Watertown Road / 6th Avenue (County Road 6)
- Shadywood Road / North Shore Drive (County Road 19)
Using the signed detour will keep you from experiencing additional delays and getting frustrated. And, it will help local streets stay safe for the individuals and families who live and play in the area.
Other maintenance activity on Shoreline Drive
Sealing work on bridge over BNSF railroad next week
Starting Monday, May 3, bridge crews will begin routine maintenance work on the Shoreline Drive Bridge over the BNSF railroad.
This bridge is north of the Tanager Bridge, just south of Highway 12. Every five years we protect the concrete bridge surface by cleaning and sealing of the bridge deck.
We will complete bridge sealing alongside traffic, which means we will keep at least one lane in each direction on Shoreline Drive. Weather permitting, we expect to complete this work in four days.
Please expect delays when traveling through the area. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please slow down and exercise caution as you travel through the area.