Shady Oak Road Redesign
The goal is to design a roadway reconstruction plan that improves traffic safety, traffic flow, and pedestrian safety on Shady Oak Road (CSAH 61) from Excelsior Blvd to Highway 7 and provides redevelopment opportunities that benefit the city and adjacent property owners.
- March 2012: Joint Council Approvals of Layout (Minnetonka and Hopkins)
- October 2012: Right of Way Agreement Council Approval
- April 2012 to August 2013: Environmental Process
- November 2012 to December 2013: Land Acquisition Process
- December 2013: Construction Plans Completed; Construction Cooperative Agreement With Cities
- Spring 2014: Construction Begins
- Fall 2015: Construction Complete
Project facts and highlights
- The proposed year of construction is 2014-2015.
- Current Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) is about 11,700 vehicles per day with a 20-year projection of 15,600.
- The countywide 3-year (1999-2001) crash rate was exceeded on Shady Oak Road between Excelsior Blvd and Mainstreet. Six crashes occurred, four crashes were clustered near the intersection of Bradford Rd, and two crashes occurred just south of Mainstreet. The lack of access control and channelization may be contributing factors to the accident history.
- A 4-lane divided roadway is needed to accomodate the 20-year traffic forecast at an acceptable level of service.
- New traffic signals will be installed at Mainstreet and at TH 7.
- The project will include landscaping and other aesthetic design treatments.
- The project is included in the Hennepin County Bicycle Transportation System Plan. A trail along the corridor is proposed.
- The roadway project will require the acquisition of land for additional right-of-way.
- Land acquisition is likely to result in short and long-term land use changes.