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 and overall timeline

Week of May 29 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 in the coming weeks:

66th Street full closure between 2nd and 4th avenues begins Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, May 29, 66th Street will be closed to people driving vehicles and riding bicycles between 2nd and 4th avenues.

This closure is for the replacement of underground utilities. Work is currently anticipated to be completed during daytime hours and the street reopened at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, weather permitting.

66th Street full closure map (PDF)

Nicollet Avenue intersection closure continues through Tuesday, May 29

Crews are making progress constructing the new roundabout at the intersection of Nicollet Avenue (County Road 52) and 66th Street.

  • The new roundabout construction at the intersection of Nicollet Avenue (County Road 52) and 66th Street is nearing completion.
  • Paving of the concrete curb and roundabout pavement were completed last week. The concrete curb needs to continue to cure over the weekend before the roundabout can be opened traffic. We currently expect the roundabout to open by midafternoon on Tuesday, May 29, weather permitting.
  • The roundabout will open initially to a single lane of traffic as crews continue sidewalk work in the immediate area. You should anticipate congestion at the intersection and continue to use posted alternate routes when possible.

 

66th Street and Nicollet Avenue intersection (PDF)

Follow up work in 2017 construction area

There are still additional activities occurring in last year’s construction areas in east and west Richfield, between:

  • Xerxes and Humboldt avenues
  • Portland and 16th avenues

For the next several weeks, crews will be working on final sidewalk and driveway work, private utility adjustments and initial landscaping work in various areas. No full closures are expected, but you may see some lane closures or lane shifts.

Properties with temporary driveway access impacts for final driveway or sidewalk work will be notified in advance.

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

Detours, closures and traffic access

April 2018 update

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

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.

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

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

66th Street reconstruction 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 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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