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.
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.
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.