Bridge and dam
MnDOT constructed the Hwy 84 bridge (6499) over the Norway Brook in Pine River in 1943. The bridge was built into the dam and pump house structures. The dam is owned by the city of Pine River and was completed in November 1910 and last renovated in 1983. The dam controls the elevation of Norway Brook, which serves as the outlet of Norway Lake. The concrete seating and the swimming beach area upstream of the dam were both constructed as Works Progress Administration structures in 1937.
The bridge is obsolete and will be replaced in 2021. The new structure (11011) will be wider and will improve pedestrian access with sidewalks on both sides and shoulders to accommodate bicyclists.
This stretch of Hwy 84/Barclay Ave is also part of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway.
Area history, resources
- City of Pine River - Local area history, information on the future city/DNR Norway Dam Project
- Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association - Learn about Kater Park and the Pine River swimming area near the bridge. Map, PDF
- Norway Brook part of the Pine River State Water Trail - MnDNR
- Minnesota Scenic Byways
- Minnesota Historical Society - Norway Brook Dam in 1950
- Cass County