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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Project status and corridor work

Progress update (August 11)

The following is a brief overview of work for the next few weeks.

West of Penn Avenue

  • Full closure to occur between Vincent and Xerxes avenues the week of August 21. There will be access to all businesses in the area. Additional details will be provided in next week's update. 

  • Intermittent side street closures at Russell, Sheridan and Thomas avenues for underground utility work will continue over the next several weeks.

  • Utility connections at Vincent and Washburn avenues early next week. Access to Vincent Avenue south of 66th Street will be closed for several hours Monday, August 14. Access to Washburn Avenue south of 66th Street will be closed for several hours Tuesday, August 15. Use alternate routes to travel south of 66th Street on these avenues. Access to all 66th Street businesses will remain open.

  • Crews will be paving the road between Russell and Penn avenues starting on Monday, August 14. 

  • Final roadway removals will occur up to Xerxes avenues.

East of Penn Avenue

  • Crews will continue grading and placing topsoil at various locations.

  • Pouring of sidewalks and driveways between Knox and Penn avenues.

East Richfield

The following is a brief overview of upcoming construction activities for the next several weeks. 

  • Full closure of 66th Street between 14th and 15th avenues will begin Tuesday, August 15 and continue through Friday, August 18. Crews will be removing roadway and utilities in this area during the closure (see below). This schedule is weather dependent. 
  • Intermittent side street closures on both sides of 66th Street at 13th, 14th and 15th avenues and on the south side of 66th Street at Columbus, Chicago and Elliot avenues for underground utility work will continue over the next several weeks.
  • Full closure to occur between 15th and Bloomington avenues the week of August 21. There will be access to all businesses in the area. Additional details will be provided in next week's update. 

   

Closures and traffic access

 

Business access map (JPEG)

   

Excavation

Excavation of gas line between 15th and Bloomington avenues 

Current overall schedule

Schedule is 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

  • Final restoration and completion of some sidewalks in the 2018 work areas

Closures and traffic access

Road to close between 14th and 15th avenues

Beginning 7 a.m., Tuesday, August 15, 66th Street will be closed to vehicles and bicyclists from just west of 14th Avenue to east of 15th Avenue intersection as crews complete various underground utility work. Flaggers will be onsite providing pedestrian access on the north side of the road during the closure.

This means the intersections at 14th and 15th avenues will be closed for the majority of the time. 

Work is currently anticipated to be completed during daytime hours and the street reopened at 7 p.m., Friday, August 18.

You can anticipate full road closures in one to two block segments throughout the duration of the project. 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.

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Current closures map (JPEG)

Detour for through traffic

Traveling west and east through Richfield

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.

Phasing

Detour map (JPEG)

Local traffic access

Getting to local businesses and residences

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 information

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)

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).

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 to learn and ask questions about construction activities, potential impacts and area access.

The next business meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 22 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Avenue South, Richfield.

Previous events

March 2017 pre-construction open house

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.

Open house poster boards (PDF)

Open house before and after images (PDF)

Typical roadway cross section (PDF)

Full project layout (PDF)

January 2016 staging preview open house

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.

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