Bushaway Road was added to the state highway system in 1933 as MN-101. MN/DOT proposed an extensive rebuild and improvement of the road near Lake Minnetonka, including a tunnel at McGinty Road and a high bridge over the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks. Due to local opposition and disagreements between stakeholders, MN/DOT ended up turning the road back to the county in the early 1990s. Since then, Hennepin County has again proposed an extensive upgrade to the road, which would result in cutting the trees and bulldozing many of the historic features along the route. Local residents formed a neighborhood group to oppose this plan. This group sponsored a 150th birthday party for Bushaway Road the first weekend of November in 2008.
I do not know when the first bridge was built over the channel between Lake Minnetonka and Gray's Bay. I suspect that a wooden wagon bridge was built as early as the mid to late 1800s. A traditional highway bridge was in place until the current bridge was built in 2000. The highway bridge was narrow and had a sharp turn near the south end of the structure. The new bridge is a much larger structure. It features sweeping turns the fit much better into the space, and the decorative features are outstanding.
The photo above is a profile view of the bridge looking west from a public park pier on Gray's Bay. The photo below is a view of the channel crossing spans as seen from the south shore of Gray's Bay.