Week of September 17 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:
Road restoration work around I-35W interchange begins late next week
Crews will soon be wrapping up utility work between Humboldt and Emerson avenues. As a result, we will be doing several activities in this area near the I-35W interchange to restore the roadway.
We anticipate pouring curbs in the area on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22. The following week, crews will be back in the area to pave. The area will remain open to local traffic, but please remember to allow extra time as crews will be on site and will need to move equipment through the area.
Reminder: 66th Street remains closed to through traffic
While crews are making progress and getting closer to starting road restoration around the I-35W interchange, the road remains an active construction zone. Work gets done quicker and we can maintain the temporary road better if we can keep traffic to a minimum. Rain and other weather challenges make it more challenging. Please use the area only if you live/work/are visiting the immediate area. Through traffic should continue to follow posted detours to Highway 62.
Additional activities you should know about
- Utility replacement between Emerson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
- Concrete sidewalk installation between Lake Shore Drive and Nicollet Avenue
- Pond construction at the southeast corner of 66th Street and Stevens Avenue
- Seeding between Pleasant and 5th avenues
Metro Transit bus stops under I-35W reopen mid-October
The eastbound and westbound bus stops on 66th Street under I-35W remain closed while major construction activities continue in the area (the bus stops on the I-35W ramps remain open). The bus stops are expected to reopen by mid-October; in the meantime, riders can still use the nearby bus stops at Humboldt Avenue or Lynwood Boulevard.
Changing pedestrian detours in the area
Crews will continue pouring the concrete sidewalks between Lake Shore and Nicollet avenues.
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.