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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Current work

Progress update (September 18)

 Reconstruction continues between Xerxes and Girard avenues. Please anticipate the following activities to occur during the week of September 18.

West of Penn Avenue

  • Installation of underground utilities continues between Thomas and Washburn avenues.
  • Final roadway removals along the north side of 66th Street between Vincent and Xerxes avenues.
  • Pouring the sidewalk between Penn and Thomas avenues.

East of Penn Avenue

  • This past week, crews removed pavement and began working on underground utilities at the Logan Avenue intersection. 66th Street will remain closed to all traffic between Knox and Morgan avenues until late September, as crews replace utilities under 66th Street.
  • Pouring the sidewalk between Oliver and Penn avenues.

East Richfield

Beginning Tuesday, September 18, there will be a full closure of 66th Street between Chicago and 10th avenues. The closure continues through Thursday, September 21, weather permitting. Crews will be removing roadway and utilities in this area during the closure.

  • The intersections of Chicago and 10th avenues will remain open.
  • The intersection at Elliot Avenue will be closed for the majority of the time.
  • There will be access to all businesses in the area. Please use side streets to access local businesses (see map below).

Additional activities to be aware of:

  •  66th Street will be closed, just east of 12th Avenue on Monday, September 18 while crews replace underground utilities near the intersection. The 12th Avenue intersection will remain open during the work.
  • Overnight water pump at the intersection of Elliot avenue and 66th Street for the next 1-2 weeks.
  • Intermittent side street closures on both sides of 66th Street at between 10th and 16th avenues for underground utility work and roadway removals will continue over the next several weeks.

 

Business access map (JPEG)

   

Excavation

Storm sewer structure being placed at Logan Avenue and 66th Street 

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

September 15 update

Beginning 7 a.m., Tuesday, September 18, 66th Street will be closed to vehicles between Chicago and 10th avenues as crews complete various underground utility work. Chicago and 10th avenues at 66th Street will remain open for the majority of the time. Elliot Avenue at 66th Street 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., Thursday, September 21.

You can anticipate full road closures in 1-2 block segments throughout the duration of the project. There is alternate access for local traffic, and all through 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, September 5 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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