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.

Phase 1, between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail, will be complete in 2018. Phase 2, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12, is anticipated to be complete in 2019. 

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Construction updates

First phase is complete

After a lot of work and a couple of challenges, like some unexpected winter weather this spring, phase 1 reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) is ready to come to a close.

Construction on the 1.5-mile corridor that runs from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail began in April 2017. During the past two construction seasons, crews updated several aging infrastructure components in the area. With work done in this area, people are able to enjoy improvements in connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics.

The new Wayzata Boulevard features 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. 

Second phase work holds for winter

Phase 2 reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard, which includes work from Wolf Pointe Trail extending east to the ramps at U.S. Highway 12 will continue next year. Crews are readying the site to suspend work for the winter.

Activities this year included a significant amount of underground utility work. It also required replacing wet or muck soils unsuitable for a road foundation with higher-quality dirt and grading materials like sand and gravel to provide a stronger road and trail foundation. These are big tasks, which sometimes meant that we had to close roads, driveway and side street entrances, as well as bring in large equipment. We thank you for your patience during this work.  

What to expect in 2019

Because we were able to complete a significant amount of the underground utility and grading work, we anticipate that next year's work in the area will be less disruptive. As a result, we are not planning any full closures of Wayzata Boulevard.

Crews will be back in early spring to complete the remainder of construction activities. Construction activities in 2019 will include:

  • Replacing underground utilities and grading at Old Long Lake Road. 
  • Constructing permanent roadway features including curbs and gutters, as well as paving and striping the new roadway.
  • Paving the new trail connecting downtown Long Lake to the Luce Line Trail. 
  • Placing and grading topsoil in boulevards.
  • Installing streetscape elements and street lights.

Detours, closures and travel considerations

Wayzata Boulevard is open to traffic

Crews have completed construction activities in the closure area located near the Luce Line Trail overpass and is now open to through traffic.

Winter travel through work area

With major construction activities ending for the winter, crews will make sure the road is ready for winter travel, as well as for snow and ice removal by county crews.

To learn more about our snow and ice removal on county roads, visit www.hennepin.us/plowing.

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

  • Replacing underground utilities and grading at Old Long Lake Road. 
  • Constructing permanent roadway features including curbs and gutters, as well as paving and striping the new roadway.
  • Paving the new trail connecting downtown Long Lake to the Luce Line Trail. 
  • Placing and grading topsoil in boulevards.
  • Installing streetscape elements and street lights.

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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