Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61)

Hennepin County, in coordination with MnDOT, Carver County, and the cities of Eden Prairie and Chanhassen, is preparing for the reconstruction of Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) between Highway 101 and Charlson Road. 

The new roadway will improve the driving surface and safety along the corridor. It will be raised above the 100 year flood plain to help minimize the potential for road closures during Minnesota River flood events. The project will also add a multi-use trail along the north side of the road that will fill the gap in the trail network from Shakopee to Eden Prairie.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2017.

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Public involvement

Hennepin County held open houses in April, August and December 2013 for the project. In addition county staff has met with individual property owners along the corridor to discuss the project.

Project status and nearby work

The project received municipal consent from the cities of Eden Prairie and Chanhassen in March of 2014. The project is in final design and right of way acquisition. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2017.

Highway 101 and County Road 61 project

In the summer of 2014, Carver County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) began construction of the Highway 101 and County Road 61/Flying Cloud project. This project includes a new bridge on Highway 101 between Chanhassen and Shakopee. This project is currently scheduled to be done in the summer 2016. For more details on the project visit the MnDOT 101/61 Southwest reconnection project webpage.

Project background and documents

This section of Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) was a turnback from the State of Minnesota in 2009 and was previously known as Highway 212. 

Project layout

Open house documents

Photo renderings

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) approval

In May 2014, Hennepin County provided a draft EAW for public comment. After the public comment concluded, staff reviewed comments and provided responses. The responses can be found in the Finding of Fact and Conclusion document below. 


Carver County Transportation Department

  • Lyndon Robjent, P.E.
    Public Works Director/ County Engineer
    Phone: 952-466-5206

City of Eden Prairie

City of Chanhassen

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