Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction

County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono

Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) is a four-mile long corridor within the cities of Long Lake and Orono that was previously Highway 12.

Phase 1 reconstruction work began in April 2017.

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Closures and traffic access

Access to local businesses remain open

There is access to all local businesses and residences along the corridor. To help keep traffic flowing during closures or heavy activity, crews will place detour and alternate route signage for local traffic. Highway 12 is the detour for through traffic.

As you travel through the area, we ask you to exercise caution an allow for additional time to get to your destination.

Closures

Wayzata Boulevard to reopen June 27

Due to heavy rain last week, Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Brown Road (County Road 146) and Lake Street is expected to reopen on Tuesday afternoon, June 27.

The primary detour for the project is Highway 12. Through traffic should continue to use the detour to get around the closure.

Sidewalks from Brown Road to Lake Street closes June 5

Since Monday, June 5, sidewalks on Wayzata Boulevard from Brown Road (County Road 146) to Lake Street closed.

The closure is needed for underground utility work. The sidewalks are expected to be closed for at least a month.

Signage will be provided for pedestrians to navigate around the closure. The marked routes use northbound lanes of Brown Road and Lake Street.

Metro Transit during construction

As a result of the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project, there will be changes to Metro Transit bus stop locations and route detours. An update will be sent before any changes in bus routes go into effect.

The best way to stay updated on current routes, as well as changes and detours is to visit Metro Transit's rider alerts website at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts. Riders can also contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.

Current work

Pavement removals resume

On May 30, crews resumed pavement removals between Brown Road and Mill Street. Removals will continue for the next few weeks before underground utility work resumes.

Concrete curb and gutter installations to begin

With grading work wrapping up along westbound lanes from Brown Road to Brimhall Avenue and along eastbound lanes from Mill Street and Martha Lane, crews will begin installing concrete curbs and gutters starting June 5.

Due to the nature of the work, intermittent closures of driveway entrances will occur along the impacted locations, but at least one entrance to businesses will be maintained.

Public utility companies active in construction zone

Relocation of public utilities such as telecommunications, gas and electricity are also occurring at this time. They are being relocated to make room for the new sewer and water facilities.

Due to the nature of the work, there is a potential of short-term interruptions in service. If you are experiencing issues, please contact your service provider.

Dust, noise and vibrations in the construction area

Crews will be using large construction equipment throughout construction, creating dust, noise and slight vibrations. Dust, noise and vibrations are a normal part of a construction project.

The project team is working in accordance with noise ordinances set by both cities of Long Lake and Orono. The team also has a vibration control plan and vibration monitors, if necessary, to use along the corridor to make sure that vibrations stay within standard acceptable limits. Dust is being monitored and controlled in order to keep levels at a minimum.

If you have concerns or questions about noise and/or vibrations, please contact the project at 612-543-4275.

Come to our office hours

A Hennepin County representative will be holding office hours at Long Lake City Hall every Tuesday from 2 - 3 p.m. Individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to stop in during this time.

Construction schedule

Spring and summer 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Willow Drive to the traffic crossover
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from the traffic crossover to just past Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Construction of temporary lanes from Martha Lane to Cemetery Road. This will allow traffic to pass through when shoreline reconstruction work begins.

Public involvement

Phase 1 design and construction

The project team collaborated with city staffs, policymakers, a city-appointed Project Advisory Committee members and directly with the public through a series of project open houses and small group meetings. The team was able to identify community priorities and incorporate elements into the design that balance the efficient transportation of vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles with safety, convenience and the costs of construction and ongoing maintenance.

Open houses and meetings were hosted from 2012 to 2015 to discuss design concepts and layouts for improvements along Wayzata Boulevard from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. An open house was hosted on March 23, 2017 to provide the public with information on the upcoming construction along Wayzata Boulevard from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail.

Previous phase 1 open house materials

Phase 1 final design project advisory committee (PAC) meetings

Preliminary layouts

Other

Phase 2 design

Phase 2 reconstruction, from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard, is currently in design. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018.

An open house was hosted in October 2016 to discuss improvements along from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard.

Open house materials

Phase 3 design

Phase 3 reconstruction, from half mile east of County Road 6 to Willow Drive, will be in design starting in late fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019.

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The reconstruction project will address deteriorating pavement, updates to utilities and improvements to drainage and storm water management.

The result will be a safer, more livable and welcoming road, with the following features:

  • New driving surfaces
  • Restored shoreline
  • Additional roadway lighting
  • Upgraded pedestrian crossings
  • Improved sidewalk and streetscapes
  • Updates to the road, trails and boulevards

The reconstruction is being completed in three phases.

Phase 1 reconstruction - Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. Anticipated to be complete in 2018

Phase 2 reconstruction - Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps. Anticipated to start in 2018

Phase 3 reconstruction - East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive. Anticipated to start in 2019

Project background

Wayzata Boulevard was originally constructed as part of the state’s trunk highway system. In the mid- to late-2000s, the Minnesota Department of Transportation built the Highway 12 bypass. In 2011, MnDOT returned jurisdiction of old Highway 12 to Hennepin County as a county state aid highway. As part of that project, the roadway was overlain with bituminous to temporarily correct poor pavement surfaces. Other significant improvements of the corridor were not performed as part of MnDOT’s construction project.

A former trunk highway, the roadway was primarily designed for efficient traffic movement through the corridor, and does not adequately address many local priorities such as pedestrian mobility and safety, parking, bicycle trail connectivity, and access.

The “turn-back” of roadway jurisdiction from MnDOT to Hennepin County has allowed the county, along with the cities of Long Lake and Orono, to evaluate the roadway and identify potential improvements that deliver safe and efficient transportation while balancing the needs and desires of the local community. The county and cities are working on a design for the roadway that will serve the needs of the community.

Baseline information such as topography, soils conditions, utility information, right of way information and traffic data were gathered and analyzed by the project team. Concept designs were developed and refined based on public input for both phase 1 and phase 2 of the project.

Project corridor

The corridor supports local and regional economic development, services Hennepin County commuters, and provides local users with access to residences, businesses and schools.

Throughout the four-mile-long corridor, the character of the roadway changes significantly between residential, business/commercial, industrial, and agricultural/rural adjacent land uses. Different approaches will be required to meet each area’s unique priorities. The project team is working to identify distinct roadway segments and address each section’s priorities.

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