I-94 East Metro Interchange Study

Location

Woodbury, MN

Expertise

Community

Construction

Technology

Transportation

Services

Alternative Project Delivery

GIS Services

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Public Engagement

Solutions

Transportation Planning

Visualizations

The Minnesota Department of Transportation hired WSB to conduct a study of the 494/694/94 interchange located in the Woodbury/Oakdale area in order to generate a long-term vision for it and ensure it’s compatibility with other local projects. Originally, we had planned to include an open house as part of the study in order to engage with the public, and gather resident questions, comments and concerns. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, resulting in the cancellation of all public meetings and forums for the remainder of 2020. We were forced to rethink our engagement strategy and find new ways to connect with residents.

WSB’s new plan relied heavily on technology as the primary method for interacting with the local community. Our GIS and Public Engagement teams worked together to compile a variety of resources that allowed us to not only share project information with the residents, but also gave residents some very engaging ways to share their feedback. Below are some details about how we continued to engage with, and learn from, residents.

I-94 East Metro Interchange Study

Virtual Open House

Since all public meetings were cancelled for the remainder of 2020, we put together a virtual open house in place of the in-person one originally planned..

ESRI Hub Platform

Leveraged the ESRI Hub platform to house all project information and appropriately brand the site based on MnDOT guidelines.

Complete Project Data

Project site allowed us to share project background, interchange traffic trends with simulation video, national examples of interchanges, interactive ESRI Crowdsource map, a resident survey, and project contact information.

ESRI Crowdsource Reporter

Web-based mapping system where residents could comment on issues, associate them with locations on the interactive map and allowed social interaction with commenting and liking of posts.

This interactive project site was linked directly from the MnDOT website making it easy for residents to find. The site was kept active and collecting resident feedback for approximately 3 weeks. The project was considered a resounding success. The data below supports this conclusion:

  • Site was visited by more than 2,000 residents
  • Over 250 surveys were submitted
  • More that 40 comments pins placed on the interactive map
  • Over 38,000 people were reached through sharing on social media
  • The site received local media coverage

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