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

Week of August 13 update

The second year of 66th Street (County Road 53) reconstruction is underway. Major work this year will occur between Humboldt and Portland avenues.

Below is what you can expect along 66th Street these next few weeks:

66th Street full closure Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, August 14, 66th Street (County Road 53) will be closed to people driving motor vehicles and riding bicycles between Woodlake Drive and Lyndale Avenue.

This closure is for the replacement of underground utilities. Work is anticipated to be completed during daytime hours and the street reopened at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 17, weather permitting. 

Business access

There will be access to businesses during the closure by using alternate routes such as Lyndale Avenue or 65th Street.

Changing pedestrian detours in the area

Crews will continue pouring the concrete sidewalks at the southeast and southwest areas of the Lyndale Avenue roundabout during the next two weeks.

Be aware the pedestrian detour route will change at times during this phase of work. Pay attention and follow the signed route at all times, or call 612-444-3186 if you have questions or need help navigating around the area. 

I-35W ramps open this week

All ramps at the I-35W and 66th Street interchange will reopen at the end of the day on Wednesday, August 15. 

Please continue to use the below detours until the ramps reopen:

  • Penn Avenue (County Road 32) to the Highway 62 and I-35W interchange 
  • Lake Shore Drive to Lyndale Avenue to the I-494 and I-35W interchange

Metro Transit

  • The eastbound and westbound bus stops underneath I-35W are closed. Please use the alternate stops at Humboldt Avenue or Lynwood Boulevard.
  • In addition, the 535 bus traveling northbound and southbound on I-35W are currently not dropping off or picking up any Metro Transit riders at 66th Street during the closure. Normal service is expected to resume on Thursday, August 16. 
  • If you have additional questions regarding other bus options, please contact Metro Transit at 612-373-3333. 

Side street closures 

  • Girard Avenue on the south side of 66th Street will remain closed for the next several weeks. Residents will have access from 67th Street. 

Work between Girard and Portland avenues

Additional activities you can expect next week between Girard and Portland avenues include:

  • Utility replacement between Emerson and Grand avenues
  • Roadway removals between Emerson and Lyndale avenues 
  • Curbs, gutters and pavement work between Pleasant and Nicollet avenues; traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the paving work - expect short-term delays  
  • Concrete sidewalk installation at the Nicollet Avenue roundabout
  • Continuing sidewalk installation on the south side of 66th Street between Stevens and 5th avenues 

Follow up work in 2017 construction area continues through the summer

Activities are still underway in last year’s construction areas in east and west Richfield. Below is what you can expect in the following locations for the next few months.

Penn Avenue

Crews will be paving Penn Avenue between 66th and 67th streets for one day early next week. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the paving work. Please drive slowly and expect short-term delays. 

Xerxes and Humboldt avenues

  • Final asphalt paving scheduled to occur Monday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 14; traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the paving work; please drive slowly and expect short-term delays
  • Wrapping up final driveway and sidewalk work (properties with driveway access impacts will be notified in advance)
  • Final restoration and site clean-up through mid-August 
  • Final striping the week of August 20 

Portland and 16th avenues

  • Final restoration and site clean-up through late August

Detours, closures and traffic access

Closure for through traffic

66th Street (County Road 53) is closed to through traffic between Cedar Avenue (Highway 77) and Xerxes Avenue South (County Road 31). The purpose of this closure is to allow crews to reconstruct the roadway and complete utility improvements along the corridor as part of 66th Street reconstruction project.

ADA compliant map (PDF)

Detours 

Using motor vehicles

Marked detour for through traffic will be provided during the closure. The route includes:

  • Eastbound: North on Xerxes Avenue, east on Highway 62 and south on Cedar Avenue
  • Westbound: North on Cedar Avenue, west on Highway 62 and south on Xerxes Avenue

There will be local access to all residences and businesses.

Using public transit

Eastbound and westbound 66th Street buses will be detoured off 66th Street during construction.
Metro Transit buses will be detoured off 66th Street during construction

  • 515 route detour: Portland Avenue, 64th Street, Nicollet Avenue, 65th Street and Rae Drive
  • 558 route detour: Lyndale Avenue, 65th Street and Rae Drive

For more information, visit www.metrotransit.com/rider-alerts.

Local traffic access

Getting to local businesses and residences

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 information

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).

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 Richfield bus route graphic here (PDF)

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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