Highway 101 Causeway Reconstruction Project

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An Informational Meeting to review the preliminary design plans for the County Road 101 Causeway Shoreline Reconstruction Project will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Office at 15320 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN from 6:00-7:30pm.

Hennepin County is currently carrying out road construction on Highway 101/Bushaway Road in Wayzata, Woodland and Minnetonka, and the MCWD is working as a partner to protect and enhance Lake Minnetonka.

Bushaway Road runs from U.S. Highway 12 to Minnetonka Boulevard and crosses Lake Minnetonka between Gray's Bay and Wayzata Bay. The road construction project, scheduled for completion in 2016, will make a variety of improvements to the road, including adding turn lanes and a bicycle/walking path.

The MCWD is partnering with Hennepin County on the project to protect and enhance the shorelines along the road as it crosses Lake Minnetonka. The project will use plants and other bioengineering techniques to stabilize the shoreline, which will reduce erosion, infiltrate stormwater, provide habitat and improve the aesthetics of the area. The District has used similar techniques to reduce erosion at Lake Minnetonka's Big Island and operates several shoreline demonstration sites along Lake Minnetonka. As part of the project, the District will also be parterning with the City of Minnetrista to carryout a wetland restoration to fulfill a Distric permit requirment for the District's Highway 101 shoreline project. The wetland restoration will create flood volume replacement by excavating and regrading the land to reestablish fringe hydrology and restore prior wetland conditions.

Learn more about the road construction project on the Hennepin County website.