Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road intersection improvement

County roads 15 and 19 in Orono

Hennepin County, in coordination with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the City of Orono, will make improvements to the Shoreline Drive (County Road 15) and Shadywood Road (County Road 19) intersection.

Construction began on May 26.

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Construction updates

Intersection improvement project underway

On Tuesday, May 26, crews began the Shoreline Drive (County Road 15) and Shadywood Road (County Road 19) intersection improvement project in Orono.

For the next three months, you will see crews working at the intersection. They will be working in stages to allow for through traffic and maintain access.

First construction stage beginning

Each of the six construction stages is scheduled to take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

For the first stage, crews will work at the southeast corner of the intersection. Work in this area will include:

  • removing existing pavement  
  • replacing underground utility lines 
  • rebuilding the deteriorating curbs and gutters 
  • replacing the pavement substructure and repaving 
  • constructing new sidewalks and curb ramps 

Expect changes as you travel through the area 

We will keep the intersection and all access to local business open during construction. There will be at least one lane in each direction and sidewalks on one side open.

However, people should expect roadway turning restrictions, lane configuration and access changes and sidewalk closures.

First stage turning restrictions

People driving will see two turning restrictions at the intersection during the first stage:

  • no left turn from westbound Shoreline Drive to southbound Shadywood Road
  • no right turn from northbound Shadywood Road to eastbound Shoreline Drive

Traffic configurations and turning restriction during stage 1 construction

Map of the first construction stage area with traffic configurations and turning restrictions. For a larger view of the map, click here.

Posted detours  

The posted detours in the area will use the routes described below and shown on the map.

From westbound Shoreline Drive to southbound Shadywood Road: 

  • turn right onto North Shore Drive (County Road 51) prior to approaching the intersection of Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road 
  • turn left onto Shadywood Road 

From northbound Shadywood Road to eastbound Shoreline Drive: 

  • continue north on Shadywood Road
  • turn right onto North Shore Drive 
  • turn onto Shoreline Drive 

Detour route during turn restrictions

Map of the detour route for people heading from westbound Shoreline Drive to southbound Shadywood Road, and from northbound Shadywood Road to eastbound Shoreline Drive. For a larger view of the map, click here.

Closures, impacts and access

Intersection will remain open during project

Intersection work will be completed in stages to maintain access during construction, but people driving can expect turning restrictions during each stage of construction.

Construction staging

The project will be completed in six stages (segments), and the length of each stage will vary depending on the work being completed.

  • Stage 1: Southeast corner of the intersection
  • Stage 2: Southwest corner of the intersection
  • Stage 3: Northwest corner of the intersection
  • Stage 4: Shadywood Road median on the north side of the intersection
  • Stage 5: Northeast corner of the intersection
  • Stage 6: Shoreline Drive median on east side of the intersection, and pedestrian island at the southeast corner of the intersection

Staging of the intersection during construction

Staging of the intersection during construction.

Project staging (PDF)

Maintaining access

Access will be maintained throughout construction for through traffic and to local businesses during construction. However, due to the nature of the work, there will be times where flagging operations will occur to guide traffic through the intersection. There will also be turning restrictions at the intersection during each stage of construction.

Additional projects nearby

We anticipate there will be other projects in the area in 2020. These include two-county led reconstruction efforts:

We are working to coordinate these efforts and all other construction and maintenance activities to the best of our ability.

Roadway and bridge maintenance activities in the area

In addition to these projects, the county will also complete regular short-term roadway and bridge maintenance activities. These activities include:  

  • roadway repaving, sweeping and cracksealing  
  • bridge inspections and flushing 
  • tree trimming 

Impacts will vary depending on the work needed, but most work is done alongside traffic or with brief lane closures. We will provide updates via email as the projects near.  

Also, the county is working with municipalities and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to coordinate on various other projects that will be happening this year and hope to minimize any overlap.

Project information

Based on traffic safety studies conducted by Hennepin County and Minnesota Department of Transportation, a need was found to redesign the Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road intersection to improve traffic safety. 

The new intersection will receive safety and traffic flow improvements, helping enhance the livability and quality of life for people who reside, work and travel through this area. 

Features

The intersection will be redesigned to include:

  • Pedestrian improvements, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps with Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS), durable crosswalk markings and new sidewalks
  • Traffic flow improvements, including upgraded traffic signals with improved timing and reconfigured travel lanes to include dedicated left turn lanes at the intersection
  • Safety improvements, including a modified right turn lane on Shoreline Drive to discourage speeding and a curb extension on Shoreline Drive at Kelly Avenue to clearly indicate through and turn lanes
  • Roadway improvements, including replacing deteriorating curbs and gutters, underground utility lines and pavement substructure

Project features (PDF)

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