County Road 101 reconstruction


Hennepin County is reconstructing County Road 101 from County Road 62 to Hutchins Drive and making improvements to nearby city streets as part of this project.

Start date: April 2015

Substantially complete: November 2016

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Construction updates

Updated November 22, 2016

As we had hoped when work began this season, we have been able to complete a majority of our construction work planned for this year.

During the last couple of weeks, crews were able to complete the building of multiple retaining walls throughout the corridor; pave the southbound lanes of County Road 101 and city side streets; activate the new traffic signal at Hanus Road; and start constructing the bike path.

On Monday, crews completed winter weather preparations. As part of this work, crews striped the roadway with a temporary configuration that will be used through the winter. After the last layer of pavement goes down next spring, we will update pavement markings for the roadway’s final traffic configuration.

We continue to work on the traffic signals at the intersection of Old Excelsior Boulevard. The new signals should be fully operational later this year.

Next year, as soon as weather allows, crews will return to pave the bike trail, install the concrete sidewalk, apply the final layer of pavement on the roadways and address any other remaining issues

This reconstruction project is substantially complete. We expect the traffic delays, disruptions and changes to be minimal next year.

Project background

The road is being reconstructed to improve the overall structure, to change crossings to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, and to add turn lanes at key locations to reduce accidents and improve capacity. Pavement and drainage systems will also be improved and above ground utility lines will be buried. There will be a sidewalk on the west side of the road and a multi-use trail on the east side.

The last major reconstruction for this road section was completed in the 1930's, when the original bituminous (asphalt) base was installed. The roadway has been resurfaced in subsequent years. This portion of County Road 101 is estimated to have a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 42 (100 being new surfacing), and a Present Serviceability Rating (PSR) of 2.36 (5 being flawless).

On August 26, 2013, The Minnetonka City Council approved the County Road 101 Preliminary Layout (dated August 7, 2013). The council’s approval identifies the end of the preliminary design phase and the point at which development of the detail construction documents begins.

During this time, meetings and conversations with property owners along the project corridor will continue as we work through additional details of the design and construction.

A public meeting was held on Tuesday January 29, 2013 at the Minnetonka Community Center. The design team listened to concerns and received comments from more than 50 attending residents. All in attendance were encouraged to take a comment form with them and submit the completed form to the Hennepin County project manager.

Informational mailing (PDF)

Presentation slides (PDF)

Environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) (PDF 18MB)

Record of Decision (ROD) (PDF)

City of Minnetonka project webpage

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