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

July 17 update

Beginning 7 a.m., Monday, July 17, 66th Street will be closed to vehicles and bicyclists between Sheridan and Penn avenues as crews complete various underground utility work. Flaggers will be onsite providing pedestrian access on the south side of the road during the closure.

Work is currently anticipated to be completed during daytime hours and the street reopened at 3 p.m., Friday, June 21.

On Wednesday, July 19, 66th Street will be closed between Oliver and Morgan avenues so crews can pave the road.

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 by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 19.

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 traffic is encouraged to use the detour route that includes Xerxes Avenue (County Road 31), Highway 62 and Lyndale Avenue.

Current closures map (PDF)

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.

Through detour map

Detour map (PDF)

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)

Project status and corridor work

Progress update (July 10)

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

West of Penn Avenue

  • Intermittent side street closures at Queen, Russell, Sheridan, and Thomas avenues for underground utility work
  • Deep digging for removal and replacement of large utilities

Due to these activities, there is one lane of traffic in each direction between Penn and Xerxes avenues.

East of Penn Avenue

  • Pouring the south sidewalk between Knox and Morgan avenues
  • Pouring the curbs and gutters and paving at the Humboldt Avenue intersection

East Richfield

On Wednesday, July 12, crews will begin construction on the east side of Richfield, working from Oakland to 16th avenues.

The first steps of the project include changes in traffic patterns, followed by pavement removal, replacing underground utilities and street grading.

In general, please expect the following:

  • Road removals between Park and 10th avenues 
  • One lane in each direction on 66th Street to remain open for vehicle traffic during most of the work (this may be a gravel surface)
  • One pedestrian route will remain open
  • Short-term full closures of one or two blocks of 66th Street will occur for four to five days each

Local alternate routes will be signed onto streets that are designed to have higher volumes of traffic, including Portland Avenue (County Road 35), 70th Street, Bloomington Avenue, 63rd Street, and Richfield Parkway.

Pouring sidewalk

Crews pouring south sidewalk between Irving and Knox 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

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, July 18 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.

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).

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