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 are under construction.

Phase 1 of Wayzata Boulevard between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail is in the final year of reconstruction.

Phase 2 of Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 is in the first year of reconstruction.

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Detours, closures and travel considerations

Wayzata Boulevard closed to through traffic

On Monday, October 15, we closed Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) to through traffic between Wolf Pointe Trail and Wayzata Boulevard West. This is the last scheduled full closure for this phase of Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction.

There will be access for local traffic, but the road will be completely closed east of Lindawood Lane and 200 feet east of the Luce Line Trail overpass. We need to close the road to safely and efficiently replace utility crossings located underneath the road and reconstruct the road. 

The Luce Line Trail will remain open during this work.

We expect this work to take up to 12 calendar days to complete and reopen to traffic on Friday, October 26. Due to the nature of the work and the weather, the schedule is subject to change.

Closure and construction area

Map of the closure and construction area

Access to businesses open

During the closure, access to businesses in downtown Long Lake and Orono remains open. People driving will need to use Highway 12 as the primary detour. Signs will guide people to downtown Long Lake and Orono business district.

Detour for the full closure

During the closure, signs will guide people to the detour using Highway 12.

Due to the nature of the work, the geography of the area and the levels of traffic local streets are designed for, all motor vehicle traffic will need to use the official detour.

Using the detour will keep our crews safe. It will also keep you from experiencing delays and getting frustrated. And it keeps the neighborhood traffic safer for the individuals and families who live, work and play in the area.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Detour

Click here for a larger view of the detour map.

Dust, noise and vibrations in the construction area

Crews will be using large construction equipment throughout construction, creating dust, noise and slight vibrations. Dust, noise and vibrations are a normal part of a construction project.

The project team is working in accordance with noise ordinances set by both cities of Long Lake and Orono. The team also has a vibration control plan and vibration monitors, if necessary, to use along the corridor to make sure that vibrations stay within standard acceptable limits. Dust is being monitored and controlled in order to keep levels at a minimum.

If you have concerns or questions about noise and/or vibrations, please contact the project at 612-543-4275.

Construction updates

Paving near Luce Line Trail expected next week

This week, crews completed pavement removals and grading for the new roadway along the closure area near the Luce Line Trail overpass. Next week, crews will focus on constructing concrete curbs and installing guardrails, as well as paving and striping the new roadway.

Weather permitting, we are still on schedule to reopen to traffic on Friday, October 26.

Traffic to shift when Wayzata Boulevard reopens

This week, crews paved the first two layers of asphalt along the the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Glenmoor Lane and Old Long Lake Road. 

When Wayzata Boulevard reopens, traffic will shift to the southern half to allow crews to reconstruct the northern half. Reconstruction of the northern half will include replacing underground utility lines and constructing the permanent roadway features.

Paved along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard

Paved segment of Wayzata Boulevard between Glenmoor Lane and Old Long Lake Road.

Shoreline area reconstruction progressing despite rain

Frequent rain in early October slowed progress, but crews are completing final construction activities along the shoreline area. 

For the remainder of October and into early November, crews expect to construct the new pedestrian refuge island connecting the Long Lake City and shoreline trails, pave the final layer of asphalt and place permanent lane stripes.

Pedestrian refuge island

Crews form the new pedestrian refuge island to prepare for concrete pouring this weekend. The island will provide a break point for people crossing the road, should they need it. It also helps make the crossing more visible.

Final paving and striping work start Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 23, crews are scheduled to do final paving between Martha Lane and Wolf Pointe Trail.

Final paving will be completed under traffic. This means people can continue to use the road. However, people driving should expect delays and traffic configuration changes throughout the day when traveling through the area.

It is important to stay alert in this area, as construction crews and equipment on the roadway will require your extra attention.

Weather permitting, work is expected to take a day to complete to pave and place temporary striping on the road.

Crews will return the first week of November to place permanent striping.

Pavement removal work to impact some access

Short-term driveway closures west of Luce Line Trail

During the week of October 22, crews will begin removing pavement along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard between Lindawood Lane and west of Luce Line Trail overpass. 

During this work, there will be brief closures to driveways along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard in this area. This is needed for crews to remove pavement and add gravel to allow access for residents. We will notify residents impacted by this work.

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 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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