County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) reconstruction

Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata 

Hennepin County is reconstructing County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) from Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to Highway 12 at Wayzata Boulevard.

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Detours and access

Starting June 6, the traffic signals at the intersection of County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) and Wayzata Boulevard will be deactivated and temporary stop signs placed. Access to the U.S. Highway 12 on-ramp will be maintained.

Crews are relocating and updating the traffic signal controls and cabinets. Expect delays through the next several weeks, particularly as motorists adjust to the new traffic control.

Wayzata Boulevard East is closed to all traffic at the intersection of County Road 101. Alternate routes for the Holdridge neighborhood area include using Crosby Road, Wayzata Boulevard and Carlson Parkway.

County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) is closed to all but residents between Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) and McGinty Road/Eastman Lane. There is a hard closure north of the Gray's Bay bridge.

County Road 101 remains closed to through traffic north of McGinty Road/Eastman Lane until the new bridge over the railroad is constructed.

Getting around the area

Downtown Wayzata: Access is available from the south by using Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) to Eastman Lane to Lake Street.  Access from the east remains open.

Gray’s Bay Marina: Access to the boat landing is currently available using County Road 101 from the south end only.

Trucks: All truck traffic should use the designated detour following Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5), Interstate 494 and Highway 12..

Bushaway Road detour and downtown access map (PDF)

 

Construction updates

June 24, 2016 

With the crane in place, absolutely no traffic is allowed through the causeway area.

Wayzata Boulevard Intersection

Crews are pouring curbs and gutters, as well as grading the concrete walkway.

Railroad corridor

Pile driving is complete for the retaining walls located along the southern abutment of the bridge in the railroad corridor. Each pile was driven approximately 50 feet into the ground. Next week, crews will start forming and pouring the southern footing of the bridge.

Causeway to Eastman/McGinty 

North of the Causeway, concrete pouring and forming of retaining wall F will take approximately two more weeks. Crews finished adding two more layers of pavement to the road, and continue constructing the bike trail. Soil, sod, grass seed and fertilizer are also being moved into place.

Breezy Point curve to Gray's Bay

Crews continue excavating and removing excess material, as well as smoothing, grading and placing the initial gravel layers of the roadway. Workers will begin installing 172 feet of sanitary sewer pipe, working east from Mackenzie Point Road along Bushaway Road (County Road 101). 

Minnetonka Boulevard to Blaine Avenue

Driveway paving is finished, and mailboxes are installed. This section of the road is nearly complete, except for a final layer of pavement to be installed later this summer.

Burial mound restoration

Hennepin County and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council are working on restoration of Native American burial mounds on the County Road 101 reconstruction project in Minnetonka. 

Currently, the MIAC and a contractor for Hennepin County are doing further investigation of the site as well as restoration activities. Hamline University is recovering artifacts and disturbed remains, which will be restored in burial mounds. 

Breezy Point Intersection redesign

The roundabout has been eliminated and a new curve design has been finalized providing greater sight lines and adequate width for the safe passage of all vehicles through the County Road 101/Breezy Point intersection.

image of revised breezy point curve 

 Work on the new intersection will begin in 2016.

Background

A roundabout was planned in the area of County Road 101 and Breezy Point Road in Minnetonka. Hennepin County had commissioned studies conducted by independent parties, to determine if the burial mounds in this area were still intact. Those studies indicated the mounds were no longer intact and the county could proceed with work in the area.

In fall 2014, reconstruction work began and a consultant archeologist was on site to monitor excavation. On October 11, 2014, bone fragments were discovered during excavation and work was halted. The consultant immediately notified the county, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) and the Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologists about the discovery. On October 13, the state archaeologist and MIAC began investigating the site. 

Throughout the winter, the crews covered the site and installed fencing to secure the area. 

Frequently Asked Questions

April 2016

Q. How can residents and visitors travel between Wayzata and Minnetonka?

During the closure, residents and visitors will be able to travel between Wayzata and Minnetonka – to access local merchants, dining options and professional services – using Eastman Lane and McGinty Road. This route is already accessible and signs are up to guide local travelers with this alternate access.

Q. How do I visit people who live in the area?

If you are visiting someone in the construction area – in Minnetonka, Woodland or Wayzata – you should be able to do so, but plan ahead. You may want or need to take alternate routes, for example to get around the work at the Breezy Point curve. And, you will need to travel slowly through the area because of the construction vehicles and crews.

Q. Can large trucks travel on Eastman/McGinty?

Large trucks and those travelling outside the Wayzata, Woodland and Minnetonka should continue to use the detour of Minnetonka Boulevard, Interstate 494 and US Highway 12.

Q. Why was County Road 101 closed earlier this month?

While County Road 101 looks like a residential roadway, it is a county road that serves as a major artery for transportation. The traffic volume averages nearly 15,000 vehicles per day. As long as we are able, we have been allowing those who live in the immediate area to travel through. But we need to reduce traffic, including of those “just passing through” to communities outside of Minnetonka, Wayzata and Woodland, because we have crews mobilizing in the area.

Q. Why do you need a full closure? Can’t vehicles drive around?

A full closure between Minnetonka Boulevard and Eastman/McGinty not only allows for reconstruction of Breezy Point curve, but also the upcoming installation of retaining walls further north. A large crane will be situated in the roadway to place retaining walls north of the causeway between Wayzata and Grays bays. The closure is being held off until the last possible moment before the roadway has to be closed. The exact date of the full closure will be shared as work progresses and a reliable date can be provided.

Q. Will I be able to access the Gray’s Bay Marina?

Yes, access to Gray’s Bay Marina will be maintained at all times. Because of the construction activity, the access routes may change throughout the course of the project. These changes will be published on the project website and included in these weekly project updates.

Q. Why this timing for the closure?

Last year, a majority of work was occurring in the roadway –pipes were removed and replaced, as well as poor soil being removed and replaced. We wrapped up construction late last fall to allow full traffic through the area until construction resumed. We are ready to move forward with other key activities.  And summer is the best time to do construction work. Moving this kind of work to the fall runs the risk of more challenges due to weather conditions like rain and early snow. And, pouring concrete can become extremely challenging if temperatures are fluctuating. If all goes as planned, we should have a fully-reopened roadway for the Ryder Cup event in September. 

Project background

The following is from a meeting in 2015

The following is historical information compiled prior to construction.

This is a reconstruction project on County Road 101 (Bushaway Road) in Minnetonka, Woodland and Wayzata. The project extends from north of Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to U.S. Highway 12 (at Wayzata Boulevard). This project is included in the Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan (PDF).

Project details

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

Proposed changes

  • Anticipate a predominately 3-lane section where the center lane is a shared turn lane from north of Minnetonka Boulevard to Gray's Bay Boulevard and a predominately 2-lane section from Gray's Bay Boulevard to Wayzata Boulevard, except for intersections of Breezy Point, McGinty, and Wayzata Boulevard.
  • Addition of right and left turn lanes.
  • Intersection evaluation at the County Road 101 and McGinty Rd (County Road 16) intersection. Anticipate a standard (signalized) intersection.
  • Intersection evaluation at County Road 101 and Breezy Point Road. Anticipate a roundabout.
  • 2032 Forecasted Design Average Daily Traffic (ADT) counts along the corridor range from 14,000 to 15,600 vehicles per day.
  • Appropriate spacing of access points (as feasible).
  • Replace deteriorating pavement structure.
  • Reconstruct 23-year-old temporary bridge over BNSF Railroad.
  • Lower tracks beneath reconstructed bridge.
  • Structural retaining walls are anticipated for this project. Locations, costs (versus right of way acquisition), and surface treatments to be evaluated.
  • Design using Low Speed Urban Street Design Criteria (Mn/DOT State Aid).
  • Traffic signal upgrades at the existing signal locations identified above (no new signals).
  • 8 foot multi-use trail on east side of the corridor (except in the area of the Grays Bay Bridge where existing 6 foot shoulder and 6 foot sidewalk will be maintained).

Project needs

Safety

The minimal existing right of way, poor geometrics, an aging roadway, increases in traffic, and an aging infrastructure all create safety concerns for the roadway. Some key areas proposed to be improved include:

  • Breezy Point Curve: The existing roadway takes a 90 degree curve at this location and creates unsafe conditions for traffic along CSAH 101, as well as traffic to and from Breezy Point Road. Roadway curve modifications for visibility and safety are proposed at this location.
  • Sight lines over bridge: The existing bridge over Burlington Northern Railroad is considered functionally obsolete as it has a high roadway crown which causes inadequate roadway sight distances. In addition, the structure is in poor condition. A new bridge with improved sightlines is proposed, and will be coordinated with intersection improvements at CSAH 101 and McGinty Road. Hennepin County staff have an unofficial agreement with BNSF to lower the tracks, depth to be determined.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle movement: The existing corridor is unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians, given the existing narrow roadway and shoulder widths. CSAH 101 is included in the Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation Plan and an 8 foot off-road multi-use trail is proposed for the east side of the corridor.

Traffic

Traffic forecasting studies show that the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) is expected to increase at a rate of 1.0% per year through the year 2032. This puts future traffic levels over 15,000 vehicles per day. The existing roadway serves over 11,000 vehicles per day. Roadway improvements that include left and right turn lanes, and widened shoulders, will greatly improve the safety of the corridor.

Utilities

The County Road 101 corridor is in need of public and private utility improvements that include:

  • Metropolitan Council Sanitary Sewer: The Metropolitan Council proposes to improve the capacity of their forcemain. Their plans for sewer improvements will be coordinated (and constructed) with the County Road 101 roadway reconstruction project.
  • Wayzata Watermain: The City’s watermain is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. The City’s plans for watermain improvements will be coordinated (and constructed) with the CSAH 101 roadway reconstruction project.
  • Other public utilities in the cities of Woodland and Minnetonka will be improved or relocated as necessary.
  • Private utilities: Hennepin County will work closely with all private utility companies to coordinate necessary relocations. The Cities of Wayzata and Minnetonka propose to have existing overhead utilities buried underground.

Pavement

The last major roadway grading for this corridor was completed in the mid-1950’s and early 1960’s.

  • Pavement condition: Over the years, the roadway has had several overlays. But the subgrade consists of poor soils and is impacted by high groundwater levels. In addition, the existing bituminous roadway edge (adjacent gravel shoulders) is in poor condition at many locations. The corridor is in need of reconstruction to improve these conditions.
  • Water quality: The existing roadway corridor has no provisions for treating surface water before it enters the watershed. The proposed project will include provisions to treat roadway surface runoff, and improve water quality.

The project will prepare a discretionary State Environmental Assessment Worksheet.

Timeline

The following is information from prior to construction, including timeline and approval process.

Item Estimated Start Estimated Completion
Preliminary Design 2006 June 2013
Final Design June 2013 Fall 2013
Cooperative Agreement September 2013 March 2014
R/W Process April 2013 April 2014
Estimated construction Mid-September 2014
Fall 2016

  • As of September 2012, the project has started detail design and development of environmental documents.
  • County, city and consultant staff will continue to work with individual property owners to get input on the design relative to their property – in addition to public meetings and focus group meetings as needed.
  • Construction staging/phasing options will be evaluated.
  • Mn/DOT must approve the final construction plans for State Aid and Turnback Fund compliance. Processing through the Mn/DOT Central Office may be necessary.
  • At the time the final plans are submitted to the municipalities for approval, the Construction Cooperative Agreement, which outlines the cost and maintenance responsibilities for each party, will also be submitted for approval.
  • Because of the complexity of the project, construction is anticipated to be staged over 2 to 3 years. Continual evaluation of the construction timeline will be performed as the project develops.

Funding

The project is being designed to meet State Aid Design Requirements. Funding for the project will include State Turnback Funds, County State Aid Highway Funds and local funds.

Municipal contributions will follow the county policy for cost participation and will ultimately be outlined in the Construction Cooperative Agreement. The project has received municipal consent from all cities involved.

Public involvement

Open house #1

The first public informational meetings were held on November 6, 2006 (Wayzata City Hall) and November 9, 2006 (Minnetonka City Hall).

Open house #2

The second public informational meetings were held on May 2, 2007 (Minnetonka City Hall) and May 3, 2007 (Wayzata City Hall).

Open house #3

The following information was presented and made available at open house #2 on May 2, 2007, at Minnetonka City Hall. In addition, as noted in Newsletter #2, a summary of, and comments received at, open house #2, and a list of existing roundabouts in Hennepin County, can be found below.

Partners

URS Corp.
Greg Brown, P.E.; Associate

City of Minnetonka
Lee Gustafson, P.E.; Director of Engineering

City of Woodland
Dave Martini, P.E.; City Engineer

City of Wayzata
Mike Kelly, P.E.; City Engineer

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