Flying Cloud Drive reconstruction

County Road 61 in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen

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.

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Project status

Start delayed 

Hennepin County is delaying the start of reconstruction work for Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen, a project that was scheduled to begin this spring.

The county continues to work with federal agencies to ensure it is protecting endangered species according to a recent listing that went into effect earlier this year.

All agencies involved with the planning and approval process are working swiftly so as to allow the project to move forward as soon as possible. 

At present, there is no certain start for reconstruction work. It is hopeful that crews will be able to begin work later this year. 

Construction in two stages

The project is anticipated to be completed in two stages. Both stages are scheduled to include full closures to through traffic. The closures are needed due to the work area – including steep bluffs and nearby wetlands – and to complete the project within the schedule. Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses.

Stage 1

The first stage will be around 12 months long and focus on Flying Cloud Drive from Charlson Road to Spring Road (County Road 4). The detour for this closure will be Spring Road and Pioneer Trail (County Road 1). There will be additional "outside the roadway" work between Spring Road and County Road 101 that will not require full travel lane closures during this stage.

Stage 2

The second stage will take around 16 months to complete. It involves working on Flying Cloud Drive from Spring Road and County Road 101. The detour for this closure will be County Road 101 and Pioneer Trail.

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 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. 

Nearby related project

Carver County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently completed construction of the Carver County Road 101 and Flying Cloud (Hennepin County Road 61) project. This project includes a new bridge on Highway 101 between Chanhassen and Shakopee. For more details on the project visit the MnDOT 101/61 Southwest reconnection project webpage.

 
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