By Adam Quandt
Construction on Wayzata Boulevard in Long Lake is well underway, with plenty of progress already having been made.
During the Long Lake Chamber meeting in July, members and business owners received a construction update, progress report and a look ahead at future work on the project from representatives from Hennepin County.
Since construction began, over the past three months, 25,000 square yards of pavement has been removed along Wayzata Boulevard. Along with that, 25,000 cubic yards of soil has been removed, two major box culverts (passages for water under the road) were replaced and more than 15,000 feet of private and public underground utilities were replaced, relocated and buried.
In addition to that work, construction workers have also poured new driveways, curbs and gutters along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard , from Brimhall Avenue to Brown Road and along the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard, from Brown Road to Mill Street.
Over the next three weeks, the project will look to focus on a variety of pieces.
Storm sewer work, driveway, curb and gutter work and grading and paving roadway along the northern half of Wayzata Boulevard, from Willow Drive to Brown Road will all be part of scheduled work for the next three weeks.
On the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard, from Brown Road to Martha Lane, the project will look to form and pour new driveways, curbs and gutters, grade and pave the roadway and perform excavation for retaining walls at Lake Community Bank and the Long Lake Town Center.
Also on the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard, from Martha Lane to Wolf Pointe Trail, workers will continue work on the watermain, excavate a temporary sheeting area and conduct pavement and concrete crushing.
Around mid-August, community members can expect a shift in traffic when construction begins on the southern half of Wayzata Boulevard, from Willow Drive to Brown Road, from Brown Road to Martha Lane, the Brown Road intersection for underground utility and traffic signal conduit work and the side street entrances that connect to Wayzata Boulevard.
During this time, there will be temporary lane reductions at the Brown Road intersection and short-term closures of side street entrances.
The county said that Wayzata Boulevard will remain open to traffic as construction begins on the new segments of road and at least one driveway access will be maintained to businesses throughout the process.
In addition to county workers, private utility company workers will be active in the areas along Wayzata Boulevard. They will be working with the county’s construction team to bury, relocated and place new service lines for customers in the Long Lake and Orono area.
During their work, intermittent service interruptions may occur. The county recommends those experiencing outages or interruptions to contact the service provider directly to locate and resolve the issue.
Those with any other questions or concerns about the Wayzata Boulevard reconstruction project are asked to call the county at 612-543-4275 or send an email to [email protected] More information about the project can be found at www.hennepin.us/countyroad112.