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

Upcoming closure

Brown Road access to close

On Wednesday, August 9, access to the northern segment of Brown Road, from Wayzata Boulevard, will close temporarily for soil improvement, grading and paving work.

Traffic will be detoured to Willow Drive and 6th Avenue (County Road 6), as shown below.

Weather permitting, this work is expected to last three days. Crews expect to reopen access on the evening of Friday, August 11.

Current activities

Willow Drive to Brown Road

Trail paving east of Willow Drive

This week, crews paved trails along westbound lanes of Wayzata Boulevard between Willow Drive and Brown Road (County Road 146).

By the end of next week, crews will begin to place top soil and sod along the trail. This work is expected to wrap up by mid-August.

When open, the new paved trail will accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists.

Ped trail

Newly paved pedestrian and bicycle trail between Willow Drive and Brown Road

Brown Road to Mill Street

Concrete work begins east of Brown Road

This week, crews began concrete work along westbound lanes of Wayzata Boulevard from just east of Brown Road to the creek crossing area.

Concrete work will consist of pouring in curbs and gutters, driveways, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. Work is expected to continue through next week, weather permitting.

Sidewalk grading begins east of Lake Street

Crews also began grading sidewalks from east of Lake Street to Mill Street. Weather permitting, this work is expected to be complete by mid-August.

Once grading is complete, new sidewalks will be poured.

Progress update (August 4)

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

The following is a brief overview:

Willow Drive to Brown Road

  • Grading the roadway at the Brown Road intersection
  • Installing street lights

Brown Road to Mill Street

  • Grading and paving the roadway
  • Pouring sidewalks
  • Painting retaining walls

Mill Street to Wolf Pointe Trail 

  • Grading at temporary sheeting area
  • Continuing excavation at the east end of the temporary sheeting area
  • Continuing private utility work (CenturyLink)

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

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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