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.

First phase of reconstruction, between Willow Drive and Wolf Pointe Trail, was completed in 2018. Second phase of reconstruction, between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12, is anticipated to be complete in 2019.

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Construction updates

Second phase is complete

After two construction seasons, the second phase of Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) reconstruction has come to a close.

Reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard between Wolf Pointe Trail and Highway 12 is the second of a three-phase effort to upgrade the former U.S. Highway 12.

Construction of the one-mile corridor began in late Spring 2018. Crews replaced several aging infrastructure components, updated the roadway to improve traffic flow and safety and upgraded the experiences for people walking, biking and rolling through the area.

Wayzata Boulevard ribbon cutting ceremony

On Tuesday, October 1, Hennepin County's 6th District Commissioner, Jan Callison, and Long Lake Mayor, Charlie Miner, celebrate the completion of Phase 2 reconstruction with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Western Hennepin County Pioneer Museum in Long Lake. The event was held indoors due to weather.

Project improvements

For people driving and using transit

  • New roadway with shared turn lanes to improve traffic flow and safety

For people walking, biking and rolling

  • New trails connecting Luce Line Trail and Wayzata Boulevard
  • New safer trail crossing at Heather Lane
  • Improved accessibility for people with disabilities, including ADA-compliant pedestrian curb ramps
  • New street lighting for better visibility

For the benefit of the community

  • Addition of curbs and gutters and new catch basins
  • Improved storm water management
  • Updated utilities

Before and after photo of Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction

Before and after photos of Wayzata Boulevard at the Luce Line Trail overpass show a change in the traffic configuration, added curbs and gutters and other improvements.

Bird's eye view of Wayzata Boulevard

Bird's eye view of Wayzata Boulevard from the Long Lake shoreline to Greenhill Lane. Some of the improvements shown above are the addition of new trails connecting the corridor and shared turn lanes to improve safety and traffic flow for people using the roadway.

Wayzata Boulevard at Long Lake shoreline

View of the newly reconstructed phase 2 corridor connecting to the shoreline areas that was completed in 2018 as part of phase 1 reconstruction activities.

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 was completed in 2018.

Phase 2 reconstruction - Wolf Pointe Trail to Highway 12 ramps

The project was completed in 2019.

Phase 3 reconstruction - East of County Road 6 to Willow Drive

This project is in early design stages. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022.

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.

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