The Highway 101 bridge opened to traffic in November 2015. Carver County led construction of a new elevated Carver County Highway 101 causeway bridge over the Minnesota River.

The 101/61 Southwest Reconnection Project also included construction of the bridge, bike trail, a roundabout at the “Y” and additional improvements along Carver County Road 61.

The four-lane, 4,225-foot-long bridge took 17 months to construct. At its center, the bridge deck sits approximately 24 feet above the previous causeway, reducing the likelihood of road closures caused by seasonal flooding.

The project, which cost approximately $54 million, was a partnership between Carver County, Scott County, the City of Chanhassen, the City of Shakopee and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The City of Shakopee will be responsible for providing power for lights and maintenance of the storm water pond.

More information: MnDOT 101/61 Southwest Reconnection Project

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