Bacardi Avenue Improvements | Rosemount, MN

Bacardi Avenue was a gravel road that needed to be upgraded to accommodate growth and development. The improvements included more than just paving the road. Other factors needed to be addressed, including trunk sanitary sewer and water main extensions. Private utilities, including underground high-pressure gas pipelines, and environmental constraints also complicated the project.

An integrated design approach was taken to bring diverse disciplines together to leverage the city’s ideas and improve the payback on public investment. The project drew on the expertise of landscape architects, water resource experts, engineers, and natural resource experts throughout the design process. The project team looked at the corridor holistically to ensure the final result addressed the functional, political, and aesthetic desires of the city in a visionary, yet cost-effective manner.

Through the collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, this new hybrid urban design provided numerous cost savings. Design and construction methods were chosen to minimize wetland disturbances, thus reducing the need for wetland mitigation. Bioswales were designed to meet stormwater treatment and rate control requirements, while minimizing storm sewer infrastructure costs and land acquisition for ponding. The new design also limited the amount of retaining walls.

The project was planned, designed, and developed within the context of the natural environment of wetlands and rolling prairie. The horizontal and vertical alignment of the roadway blends with the landscape, rather than simply dissecting it. This allowed the new pedestrian trail to be located in more natural areas of the corridor and away from the boulevard, resulting in a more interesting and unique experience for trail users.

Through a collaborative integrated design approach, the transformation of a public space can be an occasion to solve several problems at the same time. With an appreciation of our clients’ overarching goals, WSB’s planners, engineers, and scientists worked together to identify hidden opportunities.