Shady Oak Road (County Road 61) - Hopkins and 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

Construction is nearing completion for Shady Oak Road. Last week brought:

  • soil for the medians as preparation for upcoming landscaping
  • grading for the Highway 7 trail and ditch
  • installation of paver blocks between sidewalk and curb
  • various concrete components
  • paving on Highway 7

June 15

Crews will be paving the final layer of pavement material on Shady Oak Road and all the accompanying side streets. Paving operations will occur for side streets on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17. Shady Oak Road between Excelsior Boulevard and Highway 7 will occur on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. The section of Shady Oak Road north of Highway 7 and the North Service Drive will occur on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22. 

Due to the oils in the pavement material, the final pavement marking will not be placed for 10 days on Shady Oak Road, but temporary pavement markings will be added. Final pavement markings on Highway 7 are expected to be completed later this week.

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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