Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wayzata Blvd. Decision Delayed

The Wayzata City Council delayed the reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard at their July 19, 2011 meeting. The decision was based largely on the feedback gathered from residents who attended an open house on July 12, 2011.

Al Orsen, City Manager, presented several options for City Leaders to review. The budget for the overall project is $1.2 million from TIF dollars and $400,000 from street maintenance (CIP) plan. The total proposed budget is $1.6 million.

Option 1: Complete an overlay of the pavement without any curb correction or filling of missing sidewalk pieces - $1,499,900.

Option 2: Narrow the roadway, mill and resurface while providing missing links of sidewalk along Wayzata Blvd. - $1,607,000.

Option 3: Narrow the roadway, add the missing sidewalk, add bump outs at various intersections to narrow the distance at an intersection of the crosswalk - $1,641,800.

Option 4: Parkway concept (from Benton to Minnetoka) with a raised median in the middle of the road -$1,879,200 with a $280,000 short fall.

The Council instructed City Staff to study the options carefully and present them at a future meeting.

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