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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Progress updates

Restoration continues through July

What to expect now

Between Humboldt and 5th avenues, expect crews to be:

  • Seeding boulevards and yards
  • Permanent striping
  • Sign installation
  • Landscaping (led by the City of Richfield)
  • Final site clean-up 

East Richfield Boulevard Plants

Final landscaping near Chicago Avenue includes bushes and trees in the medians and boulevards.

Detours, closures and traffic access

66th Street open to all traffic

66th Street (County Road 53) is now open to all traffic between Cedar Avenue (Highway 77) and Xerxes Avenue South (County Road 31).

There will be detours for some of the final restoration work in 2019.

Metro Transit information

All Metro Transit buses and bus stops have returned to 66th Street. For details on your bus route, please visit www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts.

Project information

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
  • Vehicle separation features, including raised concrete medians and continuous two-way left turn lanes
  • Facilities for people on bikes
  • Enhanced accommodations for people walking and those with accessibility needs
  • New traffic signals at key intersections
  • Roundabouts at Lyndale and Nicollet avenues

Project schedule

This 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 2017 work areas

Spring 2019

  • Final restoration and completion of some sidewalks in the 2018 work areas

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

Previous events

2018 open house

In March 2018, Hennepin County hosted a reconstruction open house for businesses and residents to learn about the upcoming construction process and what to expect. The information shared at the event includes the following:

Pre-construction (2017) open house

In March 2017, 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. The information shared at the event include the following: 

2014-16

Prior to the beginning of construction, public engagement included open houses, city council presentations and city commission meetings.

In January 2016, 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.

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