Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction

County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono

Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) is a four-mile long corridor within the cities of Long Lake and Orono that was previously Highway 12.

Phase 1 reconstruction work began in April 2017.

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Current work

Private utility work to impact traffic

On Thursday, July 27, Xcel Energy will be working on its utility lines along westbound lanes of Wayzata Boulevard. As a result, traffic in both directions will be reduced to a single lane between east of Cemetery Road to Wolf Point Trail.

The utility work is scheduled to start at 5 a.m. and is expected to be complete by 7 a.m. This schedule is weather permitting.

Flaggers and temporary traffic control will guide motorists along this stretch of road on Thursday morning. Please use caution and expect delays as you travel through the area.

Traffic lane changes this week

Lanes to reconfigure at Brown Road intersection

Starting late next week, crews will begin pavement removal and grading operations along Wayzata Boulevard -- just west of the Brown Road (County Road 146) intersection.

Starting on Wednesday, July 26, Wayzata Boulevard will be reduced to a single lane in each direction with no turn lanes at the Brown Road intersection. Turns will be allowed, but drivers will have to stay in the single lane.

To accommodate for the changes, traffic signal timing systems will be adjusted.

This new lane configuration is expected to be in place for several weeks. Please allow for extra time to travel through the area.

Overnight preparations for lane changes

Starting Tuesday evening, July 25, crews will remove and re-stripe road lines for the new traffic lanes at the Brown Road intersection.

Road line removal and re-striping is expected to be completed by Wednesday morning, July 26, weather permitting. During this work, the intersection will operate as a four-way stop.

Please exercise caution and stay alert as you navigate through the area.

Driveway, curb and gutter work completed

Over the past few weeks, crews made progress pouring in new driveways, curbs and gutters along northern half of Wayzata Boulevard from Brimhall Avenue to Willow Drive.

Crews finished pouring driveways and curbs late last week.

Slip form

A crew member measures the new concrete curb placed down by a slip form. A slip form, shown here, is construction method in which concrete is poured into a continuously moving form.

Retaining wall installation continues

Last week, installation of new retaining walls began in front of the Long Lake Town Center. The new retaining walls are a part of the overall aesthetic improvements being made throughout the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction.

Retaining walls also have a practical use. They serve as a critical structure that provides functional support for keeping two different elevations of soil in place and prevents erosion.

Retaining wall work is expected to be complete by end of July.

Retaining wall

Crews place retaining wall blocks along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard from Lake Street to Mill Street. 

Road debris recycling resumes

Along the excavation site just east of Martha Lane, crews resumed concrete and asphalt recycling operations this week.

The recycled material, which comes from old road debris, is crushed into gravel. It is then used as one of the underlying layers that forms a foundation for the new pavement.

Recycling offers a range of environmental and economic benefits. It lowers costs and pollution as recycled debris reduces the need to mine and transport new gravel to and from worksites.  

Recycling operations is expected to complete by end of July.

Progress update (July 24)

For the next few weeks, crews will be completing numerous roadway and utility activities.

The following is a brief overview:

Willow Drive to Brown Road

  • Grading and paving the roadway
  • Grading the roadway at the Brown Road intersection

Brown Road to Martha Lane

  • Construction of new retaining walls

Martha Lane to Wolf Pointe Trail

  • Continuing watermain work
  • Grading the roadway at temporary sheeting area

Private utility work

In addition to the county’s reconstruction efforts, private utility companies are also active in the area. They are splicing, relocating and placing new service lines along Wayzata Boulevard in Long Lake and Orono.

As a result, intermittent service interruptions can occur. When interruptions or outages happen, we recommend those impacted to contact their service provider directly. This will allow the private utility companies to locate and resolve the issue. Below are contact information of the private utility companies working in the area.

Contact information:

  • CenturyLink: 1-877-837-5738
  • Xcel Energy: 1-800-895-4999
  • Mediacom: 1-855-633-4226
  • CenterPoint Energy: project hotline - 612-321-5369 / restoration department - 612-321-5042

Closures and traffic access

Getting around

Access to businesses

As activities continue near business areas, we remind people that access is being maintained to all local businesses.

Staying safe

It is important to follow posted speed limits and construction signs to help you navigate through work zone, including evenings and weekends.

Traffic changes, construction crews and work zones near the roadway will demand extra attention from road users, so allow yourself some extra time to reach destinations in the area.

Metro Transit during construction

As a result of the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project, there will be changes to Metro Transit bus stop locations and route detours. An update will be sent before any changes in bus routes go into effect.

The best way to stay updated on current routes, as well as changes and detours is to visit Metro Transit's rider alerts website at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts. Riders can also contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.

Dust, noise and vibrations in the construction area

Crews will be using large construction equipment throughout construction, creating dust, noise and slight vibrations. Dust, noise and vibrations are a normal part of a construction project.

The project team is working in accordance with noise ordinances set by both cities of Long Lake and Orono. The team also has a vibration control plan and vibration monitors, if necessary, to use along the corridor to make sure that vibrations stay within standard acceptable limits. Dust is being monitored and controlled in order to keep levels at a minimum.

If you have concerns or questions about noise and/or vibrations, please contact the project at 612-543-4275.

Construction schedule

Spring and summer 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Willow Drive to Brown Road
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from Brown Road to just past Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Construction of temporary lanes from Martha Lane to Cemetery Road. This will allow traffic to pass through when shoreline reconstruction work begins.

Summer and fall 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from Willow Drive to Brown Road
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Brown Road to just past Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Preparatory construction work along Long Lake shoreline

Public involvement

Phase 1 design and construction

The project team collaborated with city staffs, policymakers, a city-appointed Project Advisory Committee members and directly with the public through a series of project open houses and small group meetings. The team was able to identify community priorities and incorporate elements into the design that balance the efficient transportation of vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles with safety, convenience and the costs of construction and ongoing maintenance.

Open houses and meetings were hosted from 2012 to 2015 to discuss design concepts and layouts for improvements along Wayzata Boulevard from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. An open house was hosted on March 23, 2017 to provide the public with information on the upcoming construction along Wayzata Boulevard from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail.

Previous phase 1 open house materials

Phase 1 final design project advisory committee (PAC) meetings

Preliminary layouts

Other

Phase 2 design

Phase 2 reconstruction, from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard, is currently in design. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018.

An open house was hosted in October 2016 to discuss improvements along from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard.

Open house materials

Phase 3 design

Phase 3 reconstruction, from half mile east of County Road 6 to Willow Drive, will be in design starting in late fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019.

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The reconstruction project will address deteriorating pavement, updates to utilities and improvements to drainage and storm water management.

The result will be a safer, more livable and welcoming road, with the following features:

  • New driving surfaces
  • Restored shoreline
  • Additional roadway lighting
  • Upgraded pedestrian crossings
  • Improved sidewalk and streetscapes
  • Updates to the road, trails and boulevards

The reconstruction is being completed in three phases.

Phase 1 reconstruction - Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. Anticipated to be complete in 2018

Phase 2 reconstruction - Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps. Anticipated to start in 2018

Phase 3 reconstruction - East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive. Anticipated to start in 2019

Project background

Wayzata Boulevard was originally constructed as part of the state’s trunk highway system. In the mid- to late-2000s, the Minnesota Department of Transportation built the Highway 12 bypass. In 2011, MnDOT returned jurisdiction of old Highway 12 to Hennepin County as a county state aid highway. As part of that project, the roadway was overlain with bituminous to temporarily correct poor pavement surfaces. Other significant improvements of the corridor were not performed as part of MnDOT’s construction project.

A former trunk highway, the roadway was primarily designed for efficient traffic movement through the corridor, and does not adequately address many local priorities such as pedestrian mobility and safety, parking, bicycle trail connectivity, and access.

The “turn-back” of roadway jurisdiction from MnDOT to Hennepin County has allowed the county, along with the cities of Long Lake and Orono, to evaluate the roadway and identify potential improvements that deliver safe and efficient transportation while balancing the needs and desires of the local community. The county and cities are working on a design for the roadway that will serve the needs of the community.

Baseline information such as topography, soils conditions, utility information, right of way information and traffic data were gathered and analyzed by the project team. Concept designs were developed and refined based on public input for both phase 1 and phase 2 of the project.

Project corridor

The corridor supports local and regional economic development, services Hennepin County commuters, and provides local users with access to residences, businesses and schools.

Throughout the four-mile-long corridor, the character of the roadway changes significantly between residential, business/commercial, industrial, and agricultural/rural adjacent land uses. Different approaches will be required to meet each area’s unique priorities. The project team is working to identify distinct roadway segments and address each section’s priorities.

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