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

Willow Drive to Brown Road

Grading work wraps up next week

For the next week, crews will complete grading work on the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Willow Drive and Brown Road (County Road 146).

Concrete work begins this week

As grading comes to an end, the focus will now shift towards concrete work for the next three weeks, as crews are ready to pour new curbs and gutters, and driveways.

Starting Friday, October 13, crews will begin pouring new curbs and gutters along the southern half. This work is expected to take up to two days, weather permitting.

When crews finish pouring curbs and gutters, new aprons through driveway entrances will be poured. First, forms will be constructed to outline where the aprons will be poured. Then, crews will pour the concrete and let it cure.

With new concrete, curing time is needed to get it up to the strength needed to support traffic.

Driveway entrance closures during apron work

Some of the business driveway entrances along the southern half will close for up to a week in order for crews to form, pour and cure the driveway aprons before opening up the driveway to traffic.
During these short-term closures, detour signage will be provided to guide traffic using Willow Drive and Daniels Street.

Paving work follows

When curb and gutter, and apron work are complete, paving will begin between Willow Drive and Brown Road. Weather permitting, paving is expected to take two days.

Brown Road to Mill Street

Underground utility work begins on the northern half

Last week, old pavement and concrete were removed on the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between the creek crossing and Mill Street. Until the end of next week, crews will be busy replacing underground utilities, including private utility, storm sewer and watermain lines.

Northern half

Crews set up utility lines in preparation for underground utility work on the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Lake and Mill streets.

Side street access and driveways to close intermittently

As underground utility work continues, access to Lake Street, Mill Street and business driveways along the northern half will intermittently close.

Crews will keep at least one of the side streets will remain open to ensure residents and businesses have access during this work.

Road users should expect additional short-term intermittent closures for the next month during grading, concrete and paving work.

Mill Street to Wolf Pointe Trail

Traffic shifts starting Tuesday, October 10

On Tuesday morning, October 10, crews will shift westbound traffic between Mill Street and Wolf Pointe Trail to the newly paved temporary lanes along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard. This new traffic configuration will remain in place until the shoreline work is completed in 2018.

Paving temporary lanes

A road roller compacts the newly paved asphalt in preparation for the traffic switch.

Motorists should expect it to take longer to get through the area during the shift and plan accordingly.

Please obey all speed limit signs and stay alert. Construction crews will be working throughout the corridor. And flaggers will be onsite, as vehicles may be entering and exiting the road at various locations.

Full access for Wolf Pointe Woods and Southwood Shores

Once traffic shifts onto the temporary lanes, residents and visitors of Wolf Pointe Woods and Southwood Shores townhomes will have full ability to turn-in and turn-out of the driveways.

Progress update (October 11)

For the next few weeks, crews will complete numerous roadway and utility activities.

The following is a brief overview for the next few weeks.

Willow Drive to creek crossing

  • Completing concrete and paving work along the southern half

Creek crossing to Mill Street

  • Private and public utility work on the northern half
  • Grading on the northern half

Mill Street to Wolf Pointe Trail

  • Beginning work along the Long Lake shoreline

Private utility work

In addition to the county’s reconstruction efforts, private utility companies are also active in the area. They are splicing, relocating and placing new service lines along Wayzata Boulevard in Long Lake and Orono.

As a result, intermittent service interruptions can occur. When interruptions or outages happen, we recommend those impacted to contact their service provider directly. This will allow the private utility companies to locate and resolve the issue. Below are contact information of the private utility companies working in the area.

Contact information:

  • CenturyLink: 1-877-837-5738
  • Xcel Energy: 1-800-895-4999
  • Mediacom: 1-855-633-4226
  • CenterPoint Energy: project hotline - 612-321-5369 / restoration department - 612-321-5042

Closures and traffic access

Getting around

Access to businesses

As activities continue near business areas, we remind people that access is being maintained to all local businesses.

Staying safe

It is important to follow posted speed limits and construction signs to help you navigate through work zone, including evenings and weekends.

Traffic changes, construction crews and work zones near the roadway will demand extra attention from road users, so allow yourself some extra time to reach destinations in the area.

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.

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.

Construction schedule

Spring and summer 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Willow Drive to Brown Road
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from Brown Road 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.

Summer and fall 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from Willow Drive to Brown Road
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Brown Road to just past Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Preparatory construction work along Long Lake shoreline

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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.

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


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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