This page covers US 12 from the Wright/Hennepin County line to I-394/I-494 in Minnetonka. Total length of this section is approximately 16.7 miles.
US 12 is one of four primary routes leading into the Twin Cities metro from the west (the other three being US 212, MN 7, and MN 55). Most of this portion of US 12 is a 2 lane road that has not seen significant change in decades. The easternmost portion, well within the Twin Cities metro, was upgraded to freeway in stages between 1972 and 1986. Although widening of US 12 to 4 lanes had long been proposed west of Wayzata, disagreements between Long Lake, Orono, and Maple Plain on alignment, plus a desire by county and local officials in Independence to limit development pressures in western Hennepin County, all led to a decision by MnDOT in 1996 to stop any further planning on a 4-lane US 12. Plans since then have centered on improvements to the existing route similar to the ongoing reconstruction as a Super-2 expressway in Wright County, plus the 2-lane freeway bypass of Long Lake currently under construction.
Average Daily Traffic Counts
|E of Delano||12,200||12,200||12,700||14,500||14,500||14,100||+16%|
|E of CSAH 92||12,900||12,900||14,100||16,000||16,100||16,500||+28%|
|E of CSAH 90||13,800||14,300||15,300||17,600||16,000||14,900||+8%|
|E of CSAH 83||15,000||15,500||17,000||18,500||18,000||17,400||+16%|
|E of CSAH 29||15,500||18,500||18,000||20,000||18,500||17,700||+14%|
|E of CSAH 6||18,000||19,900||20,000||20,600||21,000||17,700||-2%|
|E of Old Crystal Bay Rd||20,600||22,000||22,500||24,100||24,000||24,000||+17%|
|E of Willow Dr||22,000||24,300||25,500||26,000||26,000||25,000||+14%|
|E of Brown Rd/CSAH 146||24,000||26,000||26,500||28,000||25,000||24,700||+3%|
|E of Wayzata Blvd||22,500||26,000||22,500||23,000||21,000||24,700||+10%|
|E of CSAH 15||40,000||42,000||44,000||44,000||44,000||46,000||+15%|
|E of Central Ave/CSAH 101||48,000||51,000||54,000||54,000||55,000||58,000||+21%|
|E of CSAH 101 SOUTH||65,000||69,000||72,000||72,000||74,000||74,000||+14%|
|E of Carlson Pkwy||70,000||73,000||76,000||76,000||79,000||78,000||+11%|
East of Carlson Pkwy includes traffic on the C/D roads.
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Last updated 12 May, 2008