Local residents, business owners and officials from Wayzata, Minnetonka, Woodland and Hennepin County gathered in early November to celebrate the reopening of Bushaway Road (County Road 101) after more than two years of reconstruction work.
“This is obviously a momentous moment for Wayzata and the communities around us. … It’s something we’re going to be proud of for a long time,” Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox told the crowd who had gathered for a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The county’s work began in the fall of 2014 on Bushaway, which was one of the first roads to be surveyed after Minnesota was established as a state in 1858. The reconstruction work included the widening and repaving of more than 2 miles of road from Wayzata to Minnetonka.
A task force comprised of area residents worked with Hennepin County officials throughout the design process. Discussions around refurbishing the 150-year old road had long been met with fear from residents that work would damage the historic nature of the road, a local scenic byway.
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