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

Willow Drive to creek crossing

Underground utility work continues

During the week of September 18, crews are replacing underground utility lines between Willow Drive and Brown Road (County Road 146). Weather permitting, watermain work will be completed this week, followed by storm sewer work into early October.

Once completed, crews will begin rebuilding the roadway.

Intermittent side street entrance closures during utility and grading work

During underground utility and grading work, there will be short-term side street entrance closures at Shaughnessy, Brimhall and Tamarack avenues along Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112). 

These closures will take up to two days each to replace utility lines and to rebuild the roadway in front of the entrances.

During these short-term closures, detour signage will be provided along WIllow Drive and Daniels Street.

Creek crossing to Mill Street

Center lane work continues

On Friday, September 15, crews began reconstructing the center lane of Wayzata Boulevard between the creek crossing and Mill Street. This work allows the project to accommodate both directions of traffic when reconstruction begins on the northern half in late September.

During the week of September 18, the focus will be removing pavement, replacing storm and watermain lines and roadway grading. The week after, weather permitting, crews will pave this stretch to complete the work.

Traffic impacts

During this work, road users will only be able to make right turns when entering and exiting business driveways.

In addition, turning restrictions will also occur intermittently at the Lake Street and Mill Street intersections. Crews will ensure that one intersection remains open to allow access to businesses. Detour signs will be provided to guide road users around the closure.

Mill Street to Wolf Pointe Trail

Temporary lane work nearing completion

Over the last month, crews made significant progress constructing the temporary lanes along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard in the area. 

In preparation for the traffic shift to the temporary lanes in October, crews will focus on finishing curb and gutter work and paving the roadway.

Center lane work to begin in early October

Beginning early October, reconstruction on the center lane of Wayzata Boulevard between the Southwood Shores townhomes and Wolf Pointe Trail will begin. Crews will be removing pavement, replacing underground utility lines, and grading the roadway. 

This work is being completed to allow both lanes of traffic to shift onto the newly built temporary lanes spanning the Long Lake shoreline along Wayzata Boulevard. The temporary lanes are built to allow crews to begin shoreline work beginning this winter and into 2018.

During construction of the center lane, eastbound traffic will be moved to the temporary lanes, and westbound traffic will remain on the current road.

Weather permitting, this work is anticipated to last a week.

Wolf Pointe Woods impact

While crews are reconstructing the center lane, there will be a day of short-term turning restrictions, lasting up to four hours. During that time, residents entering and exiting in the subdivision will be limited to a right-turn-in and -out only.

Southwood Shores townhomes impact

Also, during this time, the east entrance to the townhomes will close in order for crews to level out the driveway entrance. This closure is expected to last until the center lane work is completed.

The west entrance will remain open.

Progress update (September 22)

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

The following is a brief overview for the next few weeks.

Willow Drive to creek crossing

  • Replacing underground utility lines
  • Installing street lights and signals

Creek crossing to Mill Street

  • Completing reconstruction work on center lanes
  • Reconstructing northern half of Wayzata Boulevard

Mill Street to Wolf Pointe Trail

  • Reconstructing center lanes between Southwood Shores townhomes and Wolf Pointe Trail

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

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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.

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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