Highway 101/Central Avenue bridge

The Central Avenue/Hennepin County Road 101 bridge over Highway 12 will be closed until late October.

WAYZATA — The bridge over Highway 12 in Wayzata is coming down.

The Central Avenue/Hennepin County Road 101 bridge over Highway 12 will be closed to traffic starting at 7 p.m. on June 28, and is expected to remain closed until late October so crews can replace the deteriorating bridge with a larger bridge that will have left turn lanes.

Initially, David Aeikens with the Minnesota Department of Transportation said the bridge would close at 10 p.m. on June 28, but in an update on June 27, he said the bridge would be closed at 7 p.m. "to allow the contractor to move equipment in." 

The closure means the roughly 18,000 vehicles that use the bridge every day will be detoured to County Road 6, Vicksburg Lane North, Gleason Lake Road and Wayzata Boulevard. But the months-long, headache-inducing detour is expected to be worth it, as the city of Wayzata has said the new bridge will help improve the flow of traffic in the area.

The plan is for crews to remove the existing bridge between June 28 and July 1. During that time, crews will be working 24 hours a day. People who live in the area may hear jackhammering, banging concrete and heavy machinery at all hours of the day and night, Aeikens said in an email update.

While crews remove the bridge, Highway 12 will be closed to traffic between 8 p.m. on July 28 until 5 a.m. on July 1. Motorists will be directed to take the on and off ramps on each side of the bridge to get around the closure, but the ramps will not be open to Central Avenue.

The on and off ramps to and from Highway 12 will then be closed starting July 2. The ramps on the east side of the bridge are scheduled to reopen Aug. 12, while the ramps on the west side of the bridge will be closed until Oct. 25, Aeikens said.

Throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to be finished in late October, motorists may notice additional lane closures.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hennepin County are working together on the roughly $4 million bridge project. The project’s website is www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy12andcountyroad101bridge/.

Work on Wayzata, Superior Boulevard intersection

The project to realign the Wayzata and Superior Boulevard intersection is wrapping up. In a June 19 update, the city said the the third and final layer of pavement is scheduled to be placed on June 24, with the project expected to be “substantially complete” by the end of June.

Minor clean-up work, landscaping and other off-roadway work will finish in July, the city says.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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