Wayzata & Superior Boulevard Intersection
Wayzata Weekly 5/18/18 Update: Reconstruction of the Wayzata Blvd/Superior Blvd intersection
This project proposes to improve the Wayzata Blvd/Superior Blvd intersection. Staff presented a proposed timeline for future informational meetings on this project at the City Council on April 3. An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 from 6-8p.m. in the City Hall Community Room. The format of the meeting is anticipated to be an open house, to allow the public to comment on intersection alternatives, with a presentation at 6:30p.m. consisting of past traffic studies and intersection alternative pros and cons.
The realignment of the Wayzata Boulevard and Superior Boulevard intersection was planned as part of the overall Public Improvements surrounding the Presbyterian Homes project (now known as “The Promenade”). Discussions regarding the proposed project began in 2008 with several “neighborhood” meetings.
Now that the Promenade is finished, completing the construction of the Wayzata Boulevard and Superior Boulevard intersection is the last significant task left as a part of the comprehensive redevelopment plan and therefore the intersection’s alignment was brought back into question. In January 2017, two intersections options were presented at a meeting with the Benton Avenue residents, other adjacent residential and commercial property owners, as well as representatives of the Chamber of Commerce. Option #1 proposed to realign Wayzata Blvd at a 90-degree angle to Superior Blvd. Option 2 proposed to realign Superior Blvd at a 90-degree angle to Wayzata Blvd, across from Benton Avenue. Approximately 60 people were in attendance and a great conversation was had regarding the proposed options. At the end of the meeting, an informal straw poll was taken and, while less than half “voted,” a majority of those preferred Option #1.
In March 2017, staff updated the Council on the January meeting and responded to additional questions and concerns. As a result, SRF was asked to perform additional analysis of traffic flow in and around the downtown, to try to determine where motorists appear to be travelling to and from when passing through the Wayzata Blvd/Superior Blvd intersection. An origin/destination map was created for both eastbound and westbound travel which was presented at the June 6, 2017 City Council meeting.
On June 6, 2017, staff presented the two intersection configurations to the City Council for consideration. After a lengthy discussion, and resident input, the City Council directed staff to pursue construction of Option #2 by a 3/2 vote.
Selected Option #2 Drawing
Following the June 6, 2017 City Council meeting, staff prepared a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Design and Construction services for the project. On August 10, 2017, the RFP was sent to six (6) local engineering firms. The firms included Bolton & Menk, Inc., SRF Consulting Group, Inc., Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Sunde Engineering, PLLC, Westwood Professional Services, and WSB & Associates, Inc. The City Council awarded the contract for design and construction services to WSB at their September 5, 2017 meeting.
Staff and WSB & Associates has since held two meetings with the Benton Avenue neighborhood and other property owners adjacent to the proposed project. The first meeting was held on October 12, 2017. The meeting was attended primarily by Benton Avenue residents who provided staff with questions and concerns. The second meeting was held on January 18, 2018. At this meeting, staff and WSB presented 90% complete plans and again solicited comments to be considered in the preparation of final bid documents.
The next step of the process will be for the Council to accept the final design and authorize staff to go out for construction bids in order for the project to be complete by the end of 2018.