Flying Cloud Drive reconstruction

County Road 61 in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen

Hennepin County, in coordination with MnDOT, Carver County, and the cities of Eden Prairie and Chanhassen, reconstructed Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) between Highway 101 and Charlson Road.

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Construction updates

Project complete

Flying Cloud Drive has been reconstructed between Highway 101 and Charlson Road. 

The new roadway improved the driving surface and safety along the corridor. The road was raised above the 100-year flood plain to help minimize the potential for road closures during Minnesota River flood events. The project also added a multi-use trail along the north side of the road that fills gap in the trail network from Shakopee to Eden Prairie.

Project improvements 

Stage 1 completed in 2018

Work completed during the first stage included:

  • Reconstructed the Riley Creek Bridge
  • Reconstructed Flying Cloud Drive between Spring Road and Charlson Road
  • Built retaining walls
  • Realigned Spring Road and paving the new road for a smoother ride

flying cloud drive stage 1 road improvements
Reopened segment from Stage 1 near Charlson Road.

Stage 2 completed in spring 2020

Work completed during the second stage included: 

  • Painted retaining walls
  • Added final layer of asphalt throughout corridor
  • Paved multi-use trail on the north side of the road
  • Completing final grading, seeding and landscaping
  • Placed final striping and pavement markings

flying cloud drive retaining wall
Concrete facing along retaining wall East of Riley Creek.

Project information

This section of Flying Cloud Drive (County Road 61) is a turnback from Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2009 and was previously known as Highway 212.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) approval

In May 2014, Hennepin County provided a draft EAW for public comment. After the public comment concluded, staff reviewed comments and provided responses. The responses can be found in the Finding of Fact and Conclusion document below.

Nearby related project

Carver County, in partnership with the City of Chanhassen and MnDOT, are working together on the Highway 101 Project in the Minnesota River bluff area. This project will ease traffic congestion and address growing safety concerns on approximately 1-mile of Highway 101 in Chanhassen. For more details visit the Carver County Highway 101 project webpage.

Project leadership and partners

Hennepin County

Carver County

City of Eden Prairie

City of Chanhassen

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