Shady Oak Road (County Road 61) - Minnetonka

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.

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Construction updates

September 2015

From Excelsior Boulevard to Mainstreet, crews are completing the final portion of the underground work (water, storm and sanitary mains). We anticipate having Shady Oak Road complete from Highway 7 to Excelsior Boulevard in time for winter, with the exception of the surface course to be placed next year.

The Hopkins city streets (2nd Street, 21st Avenue and West Park Road) are complete. The surface course will be placed on 21st Avenue by winter. 2nd Street and West Park Road had the surface course placed last fall.

The cul de sac off Lake Street Extension cannot be completed until the traffic switch onto the new alignment at Highway 7. This area and the North Service Drive will be the last items completed.

The portion of Shady Oak Road north of Highway 7 should be open on the new alignment this fall.

Project background

Shady Oak Road (County Road 61)

Complete road reconstruction, with utility improvements, will be from County Road 3 (Excelsior Boulevard) to 1000 feet north of Minnesota 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:

  • 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, a cul-de-sac area added at Wyndham Hill Drive and the intersection at Mainstreet will receive a new signal.

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

Related documents

General background

Environmental review

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