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.

Phase 1 reconstruction work began in April 2017.

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Current work

All lanes of Wayzata Boulevard open for winter

Last week, crews finished paving the final layer of asphalt and placed permanent striping on Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) between Willow Drive and Mill Street.

Wayzata Boulevard is now reopen to all traffic along this segment.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to reconstruct and improve this important route this year.

We hope you enjoy the new roadway features in the completed segment, including:

  • new road surface offering a smoother ride
  • dedicated right turn lanes
  • shared left turn lane
  • updated signals for motor vehicle traffic and people walking
  • new spaces and features for people walking, on bicycles or needing accessibility features

Crews will remain in the area over the next few weeks to wrap up the remaining construction activities for 2017. This work will have minimal impact to traffic.

Current construction activities

Willow Drive to Mill Street

Light work to continue for next few weeks

A few construction activities remain over the next few weeks, like placing temporary erosion control blankets along the boulevards for the winter and installing street lights.

Also, the traffic system at Lake Street will be operational on Thursday, November 30. In the meantime, the intersection will remain a four-way stop. 

To cap off 2017, touch-up and clean-up work will be completed throughout the corridor. This work will make sure the road is ready for winter travel, as well as for snow and ice removal by county crews.

Crews will return in 2018 to complete sidewalk work on Lake Street, landscaping and additional streetscape work along this segment to complete construction along this segment.

Long Lake shoreline restoration

Foundational work begins near Martha Lane

This week, crews are excavating just east of Martha Lane to begin building a permanent retaining wall near the Long Lake shoreline. Next week, crews will begin building the foundation for the new wall in the area. Work will continue in the area and will last as late as it is possible through the end of the year.

Crews will return in 2018 to complete construction of the retaining walls.

Shoreline work continues

Over the last few weeks, crews began constructing reinforced slopes along the east end of the shoreline using a geogrid fabric system to better distribute weight and improve the strength of the newly constructed shoreline.

This week, work will progress west as crews will construct the reinforced slopes along the center of the shoreline.

In early December, crews will implement their stabilization plan for the winter season. The plan will include placing straw mulch and biologs (fabric tubes containing erosion control materials) to stabilize the shoreline for the winter until spring 2018, when restoration work resumes.

Shoreline restoration work will continue as late as it is possible through the end of the year.

Private utility work

In addition to the county’s reconstruction efforts, private utility companies are also active in the area. They are splicing, relocating and placing new service lines along Wayzata Boulevard in Long Lake and Orono.

As a result, intermittent service interruptions can occur. When interruptions or outages happen, we recommend those impacted to contact their service provider directly. This will allow the private utility companies to locate and resolve the issue. Below are contact information of the private utility companies working in the area.

Contact information:

  • CenturyLink: 1-877-837-5738
  • Xcel Energy: 1-800-895-4999
  • Mediacom: 1-855-633-4226
  • CenterPoint Energy: project hotline - 612-321-5369 / restoration department - 612-321-5042

Closures and traffic access

Getting around

Access to businesses

As activities continue near business areas, we remind people that access is being maintained to all local businesses.

Staying safe

It is important to follow posted speed limits and construction signs to help you navigate through work zone, including evenings and weekends.

Traffic changes, construction crews and work zones near the roadway will demand extra attention from road users, so allow yourself some extra time to reach destinations in the area.

Metro Transit during construction

As a result of the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project, there will be changes to Metro Transit bus stop locations and route detours. An update will be sent before any changes in bus routes go into effect.

The best way to stay updated on current routes, as well as changes and detours is to visit Metro Transit's rider alerts website at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts. Riders can also contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.

Construction schedule

Spring and summer 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Willow Drive to Brown Road
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from Brown Road to just past Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Construction of temporary lanes from Martha Lane to Cemetery Road. This will allow traffic to pass through when shoreline reconstruction work begins.

Summer and fall 2017

  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along eastbound lanes from Willow Drive to Brown Road
  • Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard along westbound lanes from Brown Road to just past Wolf Pointe Trail
  • Preparatory construction work along Long Lake shoreline

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The reconstruction project will address deteriorating pavement, updates to utilities and improvements to drainage and storm water management.

The result will be a safer, more livable and welcoming road, with the following features:

  • New driving surfaces
  • Restored shoreline
  • Additional roadway lighting
  • Upgraded pedestrian crossings
  • Improved sidewalk and streetscapes
  • Updates to the road, trails and boulevards

The reconstruction is being completed in three phases.

Phase 1 reconstruction - Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. Anticipated to be complete in 2018

Phase 2 reconstruction - Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps. Anticipated to start in 2018

Phase 3 reconstruction - East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive. Anticipated to start in 2019

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 from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail. An open house was hosted on March 23, 2017 to provide the public with information on the upcoming construction along Wayzata Boulevard from Willow Drive to Wolf Pointe Trail.

Previous phase 1 open house materials

Phase 1 final design project advisory committee (PAC) meetings

Preliminary layouts

Other

Phase 2 design

Phase 2 reconstruction, from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard, is currently in design. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018.

An open house was hosted in October 2016 to discuss improvements along from Wolf Pointe Trail to Wayzata Boulevard.

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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