All lanes of Wayzata Boulevard open for winter
Last week, crews finished paving the final layer of asphalt and placed permanent striping on Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Willow Drive and Mill Street.
Wayzata Boulevard is now reopen to all traffic along this segment.
Thank you for your patience while we worked to reconstruct and improve this important route this year.
We hope you enjoy the new roadway features in the completed segment, including:
- new road surface offering a smoother ride
- dedicated right turn lanes
- shared left turn lane
- updated signals for motor vehicle traffic and people walking
- new spaces and features for people walking, on bicycles or needing accessibility features
Crews will remain in the area over the next few weeks to wrap up the remaining construction activities for 2017. This work will have minimal impact to traffic.
Updates on Willow Drive to Mill Street
Light work to continue for next few weeks
To cap off 2017, touch-up and clean-up work will be completed throughout the corridor. This work will make sure the road is ready for winter travel, as well as for snow and ice removal by county crews.
Crews will return in 2018 to complete sidewalk work on Lake Street, landscaping and additional streetscape work along this segment to complete construction along this segment.
Updates on Long Lake shoreline restoration
Foundational work continues near Martha Lane
Crews are continuing to build a permanent retaining wall near the Long Lake shoreline just east of Martha Lane. Work will continue in the area and will last as late as it is possible through the end of the year.
Crews will return in 2018 to complete construction of the retaining walls.
Shoreline work continues
The stabilization plan has been set for the winter season. The plan included placing straw mulch and biologs (fabric tubes containing erosion control materials) to stabilize the shoreline for the winter until spring 2018, when restoration work resumes.
Shoreline restoration work will continue as late as it is possible through the end of the year.
Preliminary construction work begins along Phase 2 of Wayzata Boulevard
On Friday, November 8, crews began removing trees inside the county right-of-way on Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Wolf Pointe Trail and Luce Line Trail underpass.
While we avoid removing trees whenever possible, it is sometimes necessary.
These trees are being removed ahead of Xcel Energy's 2018 utility relocation work. Relocating utilities supports Hennepin County's second phase of reconstruction work on Wayzata Boulevard, scheduled to begin in 2018 between Wolf Pointe Trail and US Highway 12.
The current tree removal work is expected to take a few weeks, but it should be done during the week and daytime hours. There may be noise and dust, and there will be intermittent lane shifts and temporary lane reductions as the work is completed, weather permitting. Flaggers, signs and barriers will guide motorists.
Please use caution as you travel through the area.
Private utility work
In addition to the county’s reconstruction efforts, private utility companies will also be active in the area. They will be 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