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

66th Street is open to all traffic

Major activities for the second season of the 66th Street (County Road 53) reconstruction project are complete.

Crews complete major reconstruction work 

During 2018, crews reconstructed 66th Street between Humboldt and Portland avenues, including:

  • Replacing underlying soil to improve infrastructure support and drainage
  • Updating the aging underground water main, storm and sanitary sewers to reduce needs to repair and replace pipes in the near future
  • Replacing curbs and gutters and resurfacing the road to address deteriorating pavement and drainage concerns
  • Moving overhead utilities underground (work will be completed this winter)

Corridor ready for all users

While the construction addressed many things you won’t be able to see or instantly appreciate, there are many benefits you will be able to enjoy every day:

  • New traffic flow improvements, including roundabouts at Nicollet and Lyndale avenues
  • New pavement providing a smoother ride when traveling in a vehicle
  • New sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer between the road
  • New paths to use when bicycling
  • New turn lanes in key areas

66th and Irving before and after side-by-side photos including cycle track

Cycle track installation at 66th Street and Irving Avenue South

Winter 2018-19 work

Utility work

Over the winter, expect minor activities along 66th Street:

  • Crews from Xcel Energy will be removing the power poles on the north side of 66th Street between Humboldt and Portland avenues
  • Permanent street lights will be activated
  • Short-term lane closures will occur as needed

Plowing

Even though this road remains under construction into 2019, county snow and ice removal teams will maintain it through the construction area throughout the winter.

2019 construction season

The following minor activities will occur in some locations along 66th Street between Humboldt and Portland avenues in 2019:

  • Permanent sidewalk installation
  • Placing and grading topsoil in boulevards and yards
  • Temporary and permanent seeding boulevards and yards
  • Permanent striping and paving
  • Landscaping (led by the City of Richfield)

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 when final restoration work resumes 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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