Minnewashta Parkway Improvement Project

  1. George Bender

    Assistant City Engineer
    Phone: (952) 227-1164

  2. Danielle Washburn

    Assistant Finance Director
    Phone: (952) 227-1141

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This proposed project is planned to be constructed in 2020 and 2021. The project limits within Chanhassen will extend from Hwy. 7 into the City of Victoria and end at West 77th Street. The Cities of Chanhassen and Victoria are coordinating a joint project, with the City of Chanhassen in the lead. The roadway section between West 77th Street and Hwy. 5 was recently improved by MNDot and does not require rehabilitation. Hence, the entire street length between Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 5 will be improved by the end of the project.

The project will include replacement of the water main under the street, and new water service piping from the water main to the curb stop/box near the property lines. Gate valves and hydrants will also be replaced. Sanitary sewer, force main, and stormwater piping system repairs will be made as necessary. Surface water improvements to some of the storm water ponds are also planned. The retaining walls within the public right-of-way will be evaluated and improved as needed. The trails will be reviewed, and accessibility improvements to access the trails will be a project priority. The existing curb and gutter will be reviewed and spot replacements will be done as needed. The existing manhole lids will be replaced to make inflow improvements and adjusted to match the profile of the street height. A geotechnical evaluation has been performed and some soil corrections will be made. Drain tile will be added to improve the drainage of the street section.

With the completion of the plans, it was decided that the project will take place over two years. Due to the extent of the improvements and to provide reasonable access to the area, the project will be divided into two phases. The first phase will be the southern half and take place in 2020, and the second phase will cover the northern half in 2021. The project was able to justify to MnDOT that a temporary signal light at the intersection with Hwy 5 is warranted in 2021, to assist with the additional traffic that will be directed to the intersection.

Project Updates


December 16, 2020

Contractors have finished up the work for this season.  Construction on Phase II of the project (Kings Road to Hwy 7) is scheduled to begin in May of 2021.

November 19, 2020

Poles were installed at Highway 5 this week, in preparation for the installation of the temporary signal system, for use during the 2021 construction season.  The temporary all-way stop control at the Kings Road intersection will be removed until construction resumes in 2021.  There has been a significant delay at the manufacturing facility of the speed display signs due to COVID-19.  When the signs are ultimately delivered, the plan is to install the sign in the Phase 1 area.  The sign will be located approximately 400 feet south of Red Cedar Point Road.

The contractor is currently working on the stormwater pond clean-out, and will continue to temporarily stabilize the disturbed areas in preparation for winter.  Final restoration will take place in the spring.  The contractor is planning to be completed with their major operations in 2020, by Thanksgiving.  They will fully sweep the entire construction area before they demobilize for the winter.

Related Resources

Project Maps

  • Minnewashta Parkway Project Layout  -This map shows the proposed project improvements.
  • Construction Phasing Layout  -This map shows the proposed construction phasing for the project.
  • Hwy 7 Eastbound Detour  -This map shows the MnDOT Hwy 7 project which is not directly associated with any City of Chanhassen project, but the project construction will occur concurrently with the Minnewashta Parkway construction in 2020.

Assessment Practice

The City of Chanhassen's Assessment Practice is intended to provide direction to City Staff in preparation of assessment rolls for public improvements, to ensure fair and consistent treatment of all properties within the City of Chanhassen.  

Feasibility Study

To see the final report on the feasibility study for the Minnewashta Parkway Project click HERE.

Arboretum Area Transportation Plan

Project Schedule

Neighborhood Open House July 30, 2019
Accept Feasibility Report/Call Public Hearing              October 14, 2019              
Public Hearing October 28, 2019
Approve Plans & Specifications/Authorize Bidding February 10, 2020
Bid Openings March 6, 2020
Neighborhood Meeting March 24, 2020 -CANCELED
Assessment Hearing/Award Contract April 27, 2020 
Start Construction Phase 1 (West 77th St. to Kings Rd) -Including Sections
      *Section 1 - West 77th St. to Lakeridge Rd
      *Section 2 - Lakeridge Rd to Red Cedar Point Rd
      *Section 3 - Red Cedar Point Rd to Kings Rd
Start Construction Phase 2 (Kings Rd to Hwy 7)
May 2020 - October 2020

May 2021 - October 2021
 Substantial Completion October 2021
Project Notifications Disclaimer
Due to the variability of construction, updates typically do not include specific details such as day-to-day scheduled activity. The City's inspector or contractor will notify occupants directly if they will be impacted by a utility service shut down (example: water shutoff), or work (such as excavation or new curb) that will impede access to the property for a period of hours or days.