Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction

County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono

Hennepin County, in partnership with the Cities of Long Lake and Orono, is reconstructing Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112). It is a four-mile long corridor within the cities of Long Lake and Orono that was previously Highway 12. The project will be completed in three phases.

First phase of reconstruction, between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail, was completed in 2018. Second phase of reconstruction, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12, is anticipated to be complete in 2019. 

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Construction updates

Phase 2 reconstruction underway

On Monday, April 15, crew resumed reconstruction along the second phase of Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps.

What to expect in 2019

Work on Wayzata Boulevard should be less disruptive this year, as we were able to complete most of the time-intensive tasks last year, such as replacing underground utility lines and grading for the new road foundation.

During the coming months, crews will complete remaining construction activities:

  • Constructing permanent roadway features including curbs and gutters, as well as paving and striping the new roadway.
  • Grading and paving the new trail connecting downtown Long Lake to the Luce Line Trail.
  • Realigning Old Long Lake Road at the intersection with Wayzata Boulevard and updating drainage structures.
  • Installing streetscape elements including retaining walls and street lights.
  • Grading topsoil and placing sod along boulevards.

Final construction work along first project phase

For many travelling through the first project phase, along Wayzata Boulevard between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail, it operates like a fully reconstructed road. The road is open; paths are walkable and rideable; and lighting and signals are operating.

However, crews will need to be on site to take care of some final construction items. This work will require minimal crews and have little to no traffic impact. Activities include:

  • Installing lights on the monument sign at Long Lake shoreline.
  • Making minor repairs to the trail.
  • Cleaning up the project site.

Construction hours in Long Lake and Orono

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

Orono construction hours

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

Long Lake construction hours

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

There could be times during the project when work will end later than construction hours or will continue overnight. Any construction work scheduled for after-hours or overnight will go through the proper approval process with the cities and notifications will also be sent out.

Detours, closures and travel considerations

Wayzata Boulevard is open to traffic

There are no full closures of Wayzata Boulevard planned. However, when construction resumes, people driving, walking and biking through the construction area should expect minor delays and traffic impacts.

Old Long Lake Road to close for up to six weeks

However, there will be a closure lasting up to six weeks at the west end of Old Long Lake Road starting Tuesday, April 16 to realign the city street.

Construction schedule

Phase 1: Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail

Reconstruction work on this 1.5-mile corridor began in April 2017. Over the two scheduled construction seasons, this project updated several aging infrastructure components in the area – in addition to improving connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. The new Wayzata Boulevard features improvements throughout the corridor to include:

  • New road surface offering a smoother ride.
  • Better traffic flow, with a new three-lane design (one lane in each direction with a shared center lane for left turns) and dedicated right turn lanes.
  • New features for people walking, biking and rolling, including sidewalks and trails throughout the corridor and better crossings.
  • Updated traffic signals.
  • An improved shoreline and added streetscape elements that reflect the communities of Long Lake and Orono.
  • Updated infrastructure, including new utility lines, and features to manage stormwater better.

Phase 2: Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12

This segment, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps, began its first year of reconstruction in 2018. Construction activities included:

  • Removing and replacing pavement
  • Replacing underlying soils for better road stability
  • Removing and replacing underground utilities
  • Updating curbs and gutters for better stormwater management

Crews will be back in 2019 to complete the remainder of construction activities. Construction activities in 2019 will be focused primarily in the Phase 2 section and include:

  • Constructing permanent roadway features including curbs and gutters, as well as paving and striping the new roadway.
  • Grading and paving the new trail connecting downtown Long Lake to the Luce Line Trail.
  • Realigning Old Long Lake Road at the intersection with Wayzata Boulevard and updating drainage structures.
  • Installing streetscape elements to include retaining walls and street lights.
  • Grading topsoil and placing sod along boulevards.

Phase 3: East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive

This phase is in early design. No timeline has been set for reconstruction.

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

This project reached substantial completion in 2018.

Phase 2 reconstruction - Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps

Construction began in April 2018 and is expected to be complete in 2019.

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

This project is in early design stages.

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

Phase 1 includes Wayzata Boulevard between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail.

Construction open houses

Construction open houses were hosted on March 23, 2017 and April 3, 2018 to provide the public with information on the two scheduled construction seasons on Wayzata Boulevard.

Design project advisory committee meetings

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.

Planning and design open houses

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.

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Phase 2 design and construction

Phase 2 includes Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps.

Construction open houses

A construction open house was hosted on April 3, 2018 to provide the public with information on the upcoming Phase 2 construction on Wayzata Boulevard.

Design project advisory committee meetings

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.

Planning and design open houses

An open house was hosted in 2016 to discuss design concepts and layouts for improvements along Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 ramps. Hennepin County has hosted two open houses for phase 2.

Phase 3 design

Phase 3 includes Wayzata Boulevard east of County Road 6 to Willow Drive.

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