Shoreline Drive and Shadywood Road intersection improvements

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 is anticipated to begin as early as June 2020.

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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. 


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)


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

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.

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