Effective March 27, 2017, County Road 53 (66th Street) will be 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.
Sewer rehabilitation work
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services has been conducting regional sewer improvements along 66th Street. The final stage of work between approximately Lake Shore Drive and Clinton Avenue is expected to occur through spring 2017.
For current information on closures, please visit the March 17 website update.
For more information or to sign up for project updates, please visit the project website: https://metrocouncil.org/sewerconstruction/richfield.
Travel during major reconstruction
Major reconstruction work is scheduled to start in 2017
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 begin soon
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).
You will soon see signs posted for the new routes. They officially change on March 4, but buses will not start running on these new routes until the 66th Street reconstruction begins (between Xerxes and Girard avenues in early April, and between Oakland and 16th avenues later this spring).
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)