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.
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.
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.
- 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