66th Street reconstruction

County Road 53 in Richfield 

The county, in coordination with the City of Richfield, will be building a county road designed to be safer, more livable and welcoming to all uses, while balancing potential impacts to residents and businesses along the corridor.

The project extends from Xerxes Avenue on the west end to 16th Avenue South on the east end. 

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Closures and traffic access

Closure to through traffic

County Road 53 (66th Street) is currently closed to through traffic between Girard Avenue South and Xerxes Avenue South. This segment of roadway is anticipated to be closed for approximately 6 months. The purpose of this closure is to reconstruct the roadway and complete various utility improvements along the corridor.

A marked detour will be provided for eastbound and westbound 66th Street traffic during the closure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Local traffic

Closure between Humboldt and Irving avenues on Tuesday, April 25

Beginning Tuesday, April 25, 66th Street will be closed to vehicles and bicyclists between Humboldt and Irving avenues as crews complete various underground utility work. Flaggers will be onsite providing pedestrian access on the north side of the road during the closure.

Work is currently anticipated to be completed during daytime hours and the street reopened at 7 p.m., Friday, April 28. The schedule is weather dependent.

When the project schedule was announced, there was mention that some work would require full closures. The goal is to limit these full closures to no more than four days at a time. There is alternate access for local traffic, and all through traffic is encouraged to use the detour route that includes Xerxes Avenue (County Road 31), Highway 62 and Lyndale Avenue. You can anticipate full road closures in 1-2 block segments throughout the duration of the project. 

Restrictions between Queen and Penn avenues

In preparation for the Penn Avenue reconstruction, crews will need to close the south side of 66th Street between Penn and Queen avenues starting Thursday, April 20, at 7 a.m.

During the closure:

  • 66th Street traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to the northernmost lanes.
  • Two-way access to Queen Avenue is anticipated to remain open.

Access to the alley between Penn and Queen avenues will be maintained for traffic entering the alley off of 66th Street only (one-way). Traffic exiting the alley will need to use 67th Street.

The schedule is weather dependent. Work is currently anticipated to be completed during daytime hours and this stage of the Penn Avenue reconstruction is anticipated to last approximately one month. 

Humboldt Avenue closure

Starting Monday, April 10, Humboldt Avenue will be closed on the south side of 66th Street for underground utility work. During the closure, the signed local alternate route will be changed to Girard Avenue, 67th Street, Humboldt Avenue, 69th Street and Penn Avenue (see map below).

Buses will continue to detour via 64th and 65th streets. All through traffic is advised to use Highway 62. Please be aware that there will be increased traffic on these routes. The City of Richfield will be monitoring traffic along these routes and sharing information with project staff.

Travel during major reconstruction

The project team will be working to maintain access for residents and businesses as much as possible during construction, and will provide signed detours for any closures that are needed. In general, the following is expected:

  • At least one pedestrian access route will be maintained at all times.
  • One lane in each direction will be provided for vehicle traffic during the majority of the work (please note this may be a gravel surface).

During major reconstruction activities, please allow some extra time to reach business destinations.

Metro Transit route changes

In order to maintain local service to residents during the 66th Street reconstruction, buses will be routed to local streets during major reconstruction (maps available for download below).

Metro Transit will have some bus stops temporarily closed during utility work and other activities as needed. The best way to stay updated on bus stop closures on your route is to visit Metro Transit's Rider Alerts website: www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts.

Download a printable version of the west Richfield bus route graphic here (PDF 6MB)

Download a printable version of the east Richfield bus route graphic here (PDF 6MB)

Public involvement

Business meetings

Businesses near the project area are invited to attend regular informational business meetings throughout the 2017 construction season. Join the project team every first and third Tuesday of the month to learn and ask questions about construction activities, potential impacts and area access.

1:30-2:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month.

Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Avenue South, Richfield.

Previous events

Hennepin County and the city of Richfield hosted a business meeting and public open house to provide information about the construction process, discuss potential impacts and area access on March 15, 2017.

The City of Richfield hosted an informational open house to provide a preview of project staging to the business community along the 66th Street corridor in January 2016. Below are handouts that were made available to attendees.

Staging handout - Jan 2016 (PDF)

Typical roadway cross section (PDF)

Open house comment form (PDF)

Full project layout (PDF)

Open house poster boards (PDF)

Open house before and after images (PDF)

Learn more

Improvements to 66th Street in Richfield are needed to address the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions. Corridor improvements include:

  • Full street reconstruction to address deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns and storm water quality conditions.
  • Vehicle separation features, including raised concrete medians and continuous two-way left turn lanes.
  • Bicycle facilities and enhanced pedestrian accommodations.
  • Accessible curb ramps at intersections.
  • Traffic signal replacement at key intersections.
  • Roundabouts at Lyndale and Nicollet avenues.

Environmental coordination

Hennepin County has been working in close coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MCPA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding the vapor intrusion site at 66th Street/Vincent Avenue South.

For more information about what vapor intrusion is and how it occurs, visit: https//:www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/what-vapor-intrusion

For more information about the vapor intrusion site at 66th Street/Vincent Avenue South, visit: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/richfield-west-66th-vapor-intrusion-site

Environmental assessment

As part of the preparation to begin construction on this project, the count prepared an environmental assessment. Because the file size is large, the related document has been broken down into multiple files. 

The county hosted an environmental assessment open house on February 18, 2016 at the Richfield Community Center. Comments were also accepted by email or US mail to the project engineer.

In May 2016, the Federal Highway Administration published its Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (PDF).

Project status and corridor work

Current schedule (subject to change)

Spring-Fall 2017

Major street reconstruction between:

  • Xerxes and Humboldt avenues
  • Oakland and 16th avenues

Spring-Fall 2018

  • Major street reconstruction between Humboldt and 5th avenues
  • Restoration and completion of some sidewalks in the 2018 work areas

Spring 2019

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