Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction update

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wayzata boulevard construction

County Road 112 in Long Lake and Orono

Utility replacement work leads construction activity

Last week, the first part of underground utility replacement work began from Brown Road (County Road 146) toward Willow Drive.

Crews removed and installed new storm sewer systems, progressing up to Shaughnessy Avenue. Storm sewer work will continue along this stretch of road until the end of this week. From there, crews will move on to watermain and sanitary sewer utility work.

The current schedule is weather dependent.

Storm sewer

Crews bury a newly installed storm sewer system along Wayzata Boulevard.

Road debris crushing continues

Crews also began crushing pavement and removing concrete from Brown Road to Willow Drive. Crushing along this section of road will continue until the end of this week.


The end result of old roadway and concrete after crushing. This material will be recycled by reusing it as gravel surfacing underneath new pavement. 

Looking ahead to upcoming work east of Brown Road

Sawcutting work starts Thursday

Crews will begin sawcutting this Thursday, along eastbound lanes of Wayzata Boulevard from Brown Road to Wolf Pointe Trail to get ready for pavement and sidewalk removals, as well as sewer work. 

The purpose of sawcutting is to set pavement removal limits. It also helps crews make a clean transition from newly paved surfaces to existing ones.

Sawcutting will take place through intersections, driveways and along Long Lake Town Center parking spaces facing Wayzata Boulevard. As a result, brief closures will occur, but with minimal impact to traffic. Flaggers will be onsite to guide traffic as needed. Parking spaces will close for a few hours on Thursday morning. 

Sawcutting is expected to last until the end of the week.

Road widening excavations to begin soon

Crews are currently removing pavement and sidewalks along eastbound lanes from Martha Lane to Cemetery Road to prepare for excavation work. 

Excavations will occur south of the eastbound lanes to widen the road for through traffic in anticipation of shoreline work, which will begin next year. Temporary vertical steel sheets are currently being placed into the ground (as indicated by the dark brown vertical line in the rendering below) to hold sloping ground in place and prevent soil movement and erosion.

As a result of road widening work, access into the Long Lake City Trail will be closed. The trail will remain open.

road widening

Rendering of what the temporary road widening will look like along Wayzata Boulevard.

Metro Transit to close bus stop

Due to the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project, Metro Transit is changing its bus stop location. The bus stop along eastbound lane near the Lake Street intersection will be closed. Riders will need to use the Orchard Lane bus stop off Brown Road or the Glenmoor Lane bus stop.

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.

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.

Getting around and staying safe

Wayzata Boulevard will remain open for local access. This means you will still be able to travel to get to your home, place of work or favorite business in the construction area, but be prepared for changes in pavement surfaces like gravel and traffic configurations. In addition, at least one pedestrian access route will be maintained at all times.

It is important to follow posted speed limits, signs and stay alert in this area, including during the evenings and weekends. Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment and work areas near the roadway can demand extra attention from road users.





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