66th Street (County Road 53) reconstruction

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

Fall 2016

During preparation activities in fall 2016, some short-term lane closures and sidewalk closures will occur as needed. No full road closures will occur.

CenterPoint Energy work

Crews are working on two gas line replacement projects in the area until late November 2016.

  • 66th Street between Xerxes Avenue and Lynwood Boulevard: The right lane of westbound 66th Street and the northern sidewalk will be closed in areas where they are working, but the intersections will remain open. For additional updates on 66th Street visit CenterPoint Energy's project page.
  • Penn Avenue South between 66th Street and Highway 62: The right lane of northbound Penn Avenue South and the eastern sidewalk will be closed in areas where they are working, but the intersections will remain open. For additional updates on Penn Avenue South visit CenterPoint Energy's project page.

Metro Transit bus stop closures

Metro Transit will have some bus stops temporarily closed during CenterPoint Energy's work and other fall 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.

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 from November 2016 through spring 2017.

Beginning November 3, 66th Street between Lake Shore Drive and Clinton Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction as crews prepare for sewer improvement work. Throughout the duration of work, please anticipate overnight work, intermittent overnight intersection closures, parking restrictions and bus detours.

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 lease 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.

Public involvement

Public meetings start in spring 2017

Hennepin County will be scheduling public meetings in spring 2017, before the first season of major street reconstruction begins. Sign up for project updates to receive advance notification by email or text about any scheduled public meetings.

Businesses

Hennepin County will coordinate with local businesses to address access during major reconstruction. Project staff will begin reaching out to businesses in the project area in fall 2016 to collect contact information and learn about each business.

Previous events

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) 

Hennepin County hosted an environmental assessment open house on February 18, 2016. More information can be found in the project documents section below. 

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

Preliminary work begins fall 2016

Starting in October 2016, crews will be:

  • Completing building removals between Penn Avenue South and Girard Avenue South, and between Stevens Avenue and 2nd Avenue South.
  • Tree trimming, removal and root cutting around the project site. This will include trees in the 2016/2017 work areas that may be affected by the construction activities. Trees that need to ve removed will be marked in advance with ribbon.
  • Verifying locations and depths of critical private utilities around the project areas.

Current schedule (subject to change)

Fall-Winter 2016

Building removals between:

  • Penn and Girard avenues
  • Stevens and 2nd avenues
  • Project-wide utility verifications
  • Tree trimming, removal and root cutting in 2016 and 2017 project area

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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