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

March 2018 update

This year, Hennepin County, in coordination with the city of Richfield, will continue major reconstruction of 66th Street (County Road 53).

This year's activity is expected to start in late March and last through November. Major work will occur between Humboldt and Portland avenues (with additional minor activities occurring on the east and west ends of the city.) Construction activities will include removing and replacing underground utilities, updating curbs and gutters, moving overhead utilities underground and replacing pavement.

You are invited to attend a construction open house to learn about the construction work, how to navigate throughout the construction zone and ask questions.

Wednesday, March 14

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Richfield Municipal Center

6700 Portland Avenue

Winter activities

Starting the week of January 15, crews from Xcel Energy will be upgrading their underground facilities between Rae Drive/Lakeshore Drive and Girard Avenue. Please anticipate intermittent short-term lane closures as work continues through early April.

As work progresses eastwards, Lynwood Boulevard and Emerson Avenue will be restricted to right turns only. Impacted residents will receive notifications prior to the work.  

A few other things will be occurring along 66th Street over the winter:

  • Crews from Xcel Energy will be removing the power poles on the north side of 66th Street between Washburn Avenue and I-35W and between 11th and 16th avenues. 
  • Crews will be using intermittent short-term lane closures during winter work.
  • Even though this road remains under construction into 2018, county snow and ice removal teams will maintain it through the construction area throughout the winter. 

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

November 2017 update

66th Street is now open to traffic. You can anticipate minor activities to occur periodically during winter. This work should have minimal impacts on people using the road.

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

Upcoming events 

66th Street reconstruction open house

5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14

Richfield Municipal Center

6700 Portland Avenue

Open house invitation for businesses (PDF)

Lo invitamos a una junta para negocios (PDF)

Open house invitation for residents (PDF)

Lo invitamos a una jornada de puertas abiertas sobre la construccion (PDF)

Previous events

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: 


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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