County Road 61 (Shady Oak Road) - Minnetonka
County Road 61 - Shady Oak Road from County Road 3 (Excelsior Boulevard) to Highway 7 in the cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka.
Start date: September 2014
Anticipated completion date: Fall 2015
Hennepin County, in partnership with the cities of Hopkins and Minnetonka, is reconstructing County Road 61 (Shady Oak Road) from County Road 3 (Excelsior Boulevard) to approximately 1500 feet north of Highway 7. The project will add a travel lane in each direction, construct a sidewalk and a trail, realign the intersection with Highway 7, install a permanent traffic signal at Mainstreet, and address flooding issues along the corridor.
County Road 61 (Shady Oak Road)
Complete road reconstruction, with utility improvements, will be from County Road 3 (Excelsior Boulevard) to 1000 feet north of Trunk Highway 7. The utility improvements include water and sewer and private utility reconstructions, such as electric and gas.
The following intersections will be realigned with this project:
- Trunk Highway 7
- North Frontage Road
- 2nd Street North/Lake Street Extension (the 2nd Street North leg only)
The intersection at West Park Road will be closed and a cul-de-sac area added at Wyndham Hill Drive, and the intersection at Mainstreet will receive a new signal.
Trunk Highway 7
The intersection at County Road 61 (Shady Oak Road) will be realigned with this project. The concrete medians will be upgraded and a trail connection made to the 21st Avenue North neighborhood on the south side of the highway.
City street reconstruction
This project includes city improvements, including sewer and water replacement, for the following city streets:
- 21st Avenue North from Mainstreet to 1st Street North
- West Park Road from 2nd Street North to Wyndham Hill Drive
- The alleyway behind the VFW Hall from Bradford Road to the north
Crews are pouring curb and gutter in preparation of building the road grade and paving on the east side of the road between Mainstreet and County Road 3.
Oak Drive Lane North at Shady Oak Road is closed. A marked detour is provided. The purpose of this closure is for construction of roadway and underground utilities. This closure is continued to due to weather.
Lake Street Extension at Shady Oak Road is closed. The purpose of this closure is for construction of roadway and underground utilities.
Shady Oak Road is closed from north of Highway 7 to south of Cottage Lane. The closure will allow for roadway realignment, construction of a detention pond, signal work, and underground utility work. The road is expected to reopen in the fall.
Road widening on westbound Highway 7 east of Shady Oak Road will begin next week in preparation of lane switching to allow work to begin on the medians.
Pavement removals are occurring on the west side of Shady Oak Road from South Oak Drive Lane to Mainstreet.