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

Crews have working on:

  • Permanent sign installation along the project
  • Pouring inverts on catch basins and other storm sewer structures
  • Erosion control
  • Constructing the wall in the northwest corner of North Service Drive and County Road 61 (Shady Oak Road)

Preparing for winter 

The road is open for traffic for the remainder of the winter. A single pedestrian route is open through the corridor on the east side of County Road 61 with pedestrian crossings at Mainstreet and Highway 7.

The final layer of pavement for the project will be in the spring, along other minor work.




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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