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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Current work

CenturyLink outage (UPDATE 6 a.m., Saturday, April 29)

CenturyLink crews were onsite to repair a telecommunications line that cut yesterday, April 28. As of 6 a.m. Saturday, April 29, crews have reconnected phone and internet lines, and are now back in service.

Pavement removal continues

On Monday, April 17, crews closed westbound lanes of Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Willow Drive and Brown Road (County Road 146), and reduced traffic to one lane in each direction. This traffic shift allows crews to begin pavement removal - a necessary step before excavation for utility work to begin.

Pavement removal from Willow Drive to Brown Road is nearing completion and crews are beginning to install storm sewer systems.

Traffic control and pavement removal work will head east and continue on from Mill Road to Martha Lane starting Friday, April 28.

Pavement removal in the current work area from Willow Drive to just past Wolf Pointe Trail is anticipated to last until mid-May.

The current schedule is weather dependent.

 Crews removing the median along Wayzata Boulevard

Crews removing medians along Wayzata Boulevard to prepare for reconstruction

Crews jackhammering to break up the pavement for removal

Crews jackhammering holes into the pavement along Wayzata Boulevard to begin removal

Noise and vibrations in the construction area

Crews will be using large construction equipment throughout construction, creating noise and slight vibrations. 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.

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

Closures and traffic access

Access for traffic

The project team will be maintaining access for residents and to businesses along the construction areas along Wayzata Boulevard. This means you will still be able to travel to get to your home, place of work or favorite business in the construction area, but be prepared for changes in pavement surfaces, like gravel, and traffic configurations. In addition, at least one pedestrian access route will be maintained at all times.

It is important to follow posted speed limits, signs and stay alert in this area, including during the evenings and weekends. Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment and work areas near the roadway can demand extra attention from road users.

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.

Construction schedule

Anticipated construction schedule

Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) phase 1 traffic layout

Printable construction map (PDF)

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. 

Short-term closures in the summer

During the summer, there will be two short-term closures to address underground utility and culvert work. The closures will occur at:

  • Creek crossing (traffic crossover) between Brown Road and Lake Street 

  • Cemetery Road to just past Wolf Pointe Trail

These closures are not expected to last more than a week at a time and signed detours will be provided.

 

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

Learn more

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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