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. Hennepin County, in partnership with the Cities of Long Lake and Orono, is reconstructing Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112). The project will be completed in three phases.

In 2018, phases 1 and 2 will be under construction, starting in late April.

Phase 1 of Wayzata Boulevard between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail will begin its second year of reconstruction.

Phase 2 of Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 will begin its first year of reconstruction.

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Construction updates

Ongoing and upcoming construction activities

Shoreline restoration continues

Over the past two months, we have made significant progress along the Long Lake shoreline. During the week of June 11, the new shoreline foundation was successfully rebuilt using two key restoration elements: reinforced soil slopes (RSS) and riprap.

  • RSS is a soil reinforcement method where multiple layers of geogrid fabric blankets are placed in the ground to improve soil strength and the stability of the shoreline.
  • Riprap is a range of large rocks that are placed along areas exposed to bodies of water like Long Lake. Riprap provides a natural looking shoreline that permanently protects the shoreline from erosion.

Shoreline restoration

Restored Long Lake shoreline with reinforced soil slope and riprap 

Over the next few months, you will begin seeing the shoreline area start resembling a more finished product. Crews will begin building the new roadway and new trail, as well as start streetscaping work to improve the aesthetics of the shoreline.

Grading and concrete work begins between Mill Street and Cemetery Road

With utility, subgrade (earthwork) and foundation work completed between Mill Street and Cemetery Road, crews will begin constructing the new roadway on the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard.

Grading the week of June 18

First, crews will grade the area using sand and gravel to level the base in order to pour new curbs and gutters, as well as for the new roadway and trails. 

Weather permitting, grading is expected to be complete by the end of the week.

Curb and gutter follows the week of June 25

Once grading is complete, crews will pour new curbs and gutters throughout this stretch of road. Weather permitting, curb and gutter work is expected to take up to a week to complete.

Excavations continue

Between Old Long Lake Road and Luce Line Trail overpass

Crews are continuing excavation work along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Old Long Lake Road and the Luce Line Trail overpass.

Excavations are part of the overall soil correction work being done throughout the corridor to provide extra road strength to support traffic during stages of reconstruction, as well as for the completed roadway and trail.

This work will have some traffic impacts starting later this week, as large trucks will be hauling soil in and out of the work areas. Additional crews will be on site to guide traffic during the work.

Weather permitting, excavation work is expected to be complete by early July.

Detours, closures and travel considerations

Access for residents and businesses 

We will work to keep Wayzata Boulevard open as much as possible during construction. However, in order to complete construction, short-term full closures and side street access restrictions will occur.

Access for local residents in the immediate construction area will remain open during closures. People will also have access to local businesses they want to visit in the immediate construction area. Signage will be available to guide people to their destination.

Staying safe

Traffic changes, construction crews and work zones on Wayzata Boulevard will demand your extra attention. Please allow some extra time and follow the posted speed limits to help you navigate through the work zone and reach your destination in the area.

Construction schedule

Phases 1 and 2 under construction in 2018

We are beginning the second year of reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard in Long Lake and Orono. In 2018, construction will resume in phase 1 and crews will begin reconstruction of phase 2, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps.

This corridor is being reconstructed to improve connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. The result will create a safer and more efficient road for people driving, biking and walking.

Phase 1: Lake Street and Wolf Pointe Trail

Work between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail began early last year, and we worked as long as we could into early winter. This year's construction activities will include:

  • Completing restoration of the Long Lake shoreline
  • Reconstructing the roadway between Martha Lane and Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Completing bicycle and pedestrian features like new sidewalks on Lake Street, new trails along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard, and crosswalk with raised medians connecting the Wayzata Boulevard trail to Long Lake city and Luce Line trails.
  • Installing ornamental railings on retaining walls downtown
  • Installing Long Lake city monuments at Brown Road (County Road 146) intersection and Martha Lane

Phase 2: Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12

This segment, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps, will be in its first year of reconstruction. Construction activities this year will include:

  • Removing and replacing pavement
  • Replacing underlying soils for better road stability
  • Removing and replacing underground utilities
  • Updating curbs and gutters for better stormwater management
  • Installing bicycle and pedestrian features like new trails along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard and trail connections to Luce Line trail
  • Installing streetlights at Old Long Lake Road intersection

Private utility companies will also be in the area relocating and replacing service lines.

Construction hours in Long Lake and Orono

With reconstruction work begins in Long Lake and Orono, area residents and businesses will notice different end times to construction due to noise ordinances of each city.

In Orono, the construction hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Long Lake, the construction hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be times throughout the project where work will end later than construction hours or will continue on overnight. Any construction work scheduled for after-hours or overnight will go through the proper approval process.

Project information

The reconstruction project is addressing deteriorating pavement, updating utilities and making improvements for drainage and storm water management.

The result will be a safer, more livable and welcoming road, with the following features:

  • New pavement for a smoother ride
  • Restored and improved Long Lake shoreline
  • New shared turn lanes to improve traffic flow
  • New street lighting for better visibility
  • New sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer
  • Safer pedestrian and trail crossings
  • Improved accessibility for people with disabilities

The reconstruction is being completed in three phases.

Phase 1 reconstruction - Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. Construction will resume its second year in April 2018.

Phase 2 reconstruction - Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps. Construction will begin its first year in April 2018.

Phase 3 reconstruction - East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive.

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 between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail. Additional open houses were hosted on March 23, 2017 and April 3, 2018 to provide the public with information on the upcoming construction along Wayzata Boulevard.

Previous phase 1 open house materials

Phase 1 final design project advisory committee (PAC) meetings

Preliminary layouts

Other

Phase 2 design and construction

Phase 2 reconstruction, from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard, is currently in design. Construction will begin 2018.

An open house was hosted in October 2016 to discuss improvements along from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard.

On April 3, 2018, Hennepin County hosted an open house to provide the public with information on the upcoming construction along Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps.

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. However, with due to funding, construction will be delayed until at least 2020.

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