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 U. S. Highway 12.

The reconstruction is being completed in three phases.

Phase 1: Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail: Construction planned to begin in 2017

Phase 2: Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps: Construction anticipated to begin in 2018

Phase 3: East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive: Construction anticipated to begin in 2019

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Phase 1 reconstruction

Phase 1 reconstruction, from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail, is set to begin in 2017.

The project team has been collaborating with city staffs, policymakers, a city-appointed Project Advisory Committee members and directly with the public through a series of project open house and small group meetings. The goal is 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.

The county is currently in the process of developing detailed design plans for roadway and streetscape enhancement elements for the first phase of reconstruction. Right of way and easements will be acquired in 2016.

Phase 1 final design layout (PDF 12MB)

Open house

An open house was hosted on November 18, 2015 to discuss improvements along Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. It was held in anticipation of the design completion and as a follow up to an April open house.

The open house covered:

  • Community-requested changes, including a trail adjustment and a temporary bypass
  • Designs being considered for the road, sidewalks and boulevards
  • Approximate project timelines

Open house materials

Previous open houses

In addition to the April open house, other open house meetings were held in 2012 and 2013 to present the concept and preliminary designs.

Related documents

Phase 2 design

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

Phase 2 final design layout (PDF 12MB)

PAC meeting minutes - July 2016 (PDF)

PAC meeting minutes - September 2016 (PDF)

PAC meeting minutes - November 2016 (PDF)

Open house

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

 Open house materials

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.

Project background

County Road 112 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 (CSAH). 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 Orono and Long Lake, 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 has been gathered and analyzed by the project team. Concept designs have been developed and refined based on public input.

A variety of open house meetings to present the concept and preliminary designs were held in 2012 and 2013. Using input gathered at those meetings and utilizing input from the Preliminary Design Project Advisory Committee, the concepts were refined into a preliminary layout and design. The Preliminary layout was presented to the City of Long Lake and City of Orono councils for consideration in November 2013. After consideration of the layout in the winter of 2013/14, the cities of Long Lake and Orono approved the Preliminary Layout on March 4 and 24, 2014, respectively.

In October 2014, the County began preparing final design plans for the first segment of County Road 112. The first segment is located between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail. Construction of the first segment is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2017. Design and construction of the segments to the east and west may begin in subsequent years.

Related documents

Phase 1 temporary bypass preliminary staging matrix - August 2015 (PDF)

Phase 1 final design project advisory committee (PAC) meetings (2014-15)

Preliminary layouts - February 15, 2014

County Road 112 reconstruction traffic study - January 2013 (PDF)

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