Monday, March 27 marks the beginning of Hennepin County’s transportation construction season. During 2017, Hennepin County’s Transportation Department will deliver on several projects designed to get residents around the county safely and efficiently within a balanced, environmentally sound county transportation system.
Two major projects begin and several others continue
This spring, large reconstruction projects start on 66th Street (County Road 53) in Richfield and Wayzata Boulevard (County Road 112) in Long Lake and Orono. Both are multiple-year efforts that will provide – among other improvements – better driving surfaces, new facilities for pedestrians and enhanced aesthetics. Additionally:
- The 66th Street project will provide new bicycle facilities, address drainage concerns and improve storm water quality conditions. Pre-construction work began in fall 2016. Major work will begin March 27.
- The Wayzata Boulevard project includes restoration of the shoreline on Long Lake, additional roadway lighting and updates to trails and boulevards.
Major work is scheduled to begin in April.
Other major county projects that are resuming work this year include:
- Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) in Brooklyn Park
- Douglas Drive (County Road 102) in Golden Valley
- Washington Avenue (County Road 152) in downtown Minneapolis
These projects are scheduled to resume March 27.
Later this year, crews will begin reconstruction work at the intersection of Pinto Drive (County Roads 115 and 116) and Highway 55 in Medina.
City-led construction projects
Two city-led projects on county roads are also in the mix. The City of Bloomington continues its work on Normandale Boulevard (County Road 34). And, the City of Plymouth will embark on adjacent reconstruction and repaving projects on County Road 24 near Highway 55.
Other notable activities
Other projects that have begun or will begin soon include: continued rehabilitation under-the-deck work on the Franklin Avenue (County Road 5) Bridge in Minneapolis; bridge replacement work on the 46th Street (County Road 46) Bridge over the Godfrey Parkway in Minneapolis, the Brown Road (County Road 146) Bridge in Orono; and a maintenance project on Lake Street (County Road 3) Bridge over the Mississippi River.
Starting around May, Transportation operations and maintenance crews will begin several smaller-scale road projects including repaving, restriping and pavement sealing projects. Additional information about 2017 county road and bridge projects and activities can be found at www.hennepin.us/residents#transportation.
The county appreciates residents’ patience and understanding during these projects and activities. We remind people to slow down when traveling past construction sites and county crews and to allow for extra time when traveling during construction season.