Bottineau Boulevard reconstruction

County Road 81 in Brooklyn Park

Hennepin County and the City of Brooklyn Park have partnered to reconstruct Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) between West Broadway and 83rd avenues, as well as Brooklyn Boulevard (County Road 130/152) between Xylon Avenue and Jolly Lane.

Improvements along the corridor include additional lanes, better access and connection to side streets and frontage roads, crosswalks, new traffic signal systems and improved stormwater systems. These improvements will make the road safer for all users, provide better traffic flow and reduce congestion and delays.

Project timeline for Fremont Avenue Bridge

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Construction updates

Bottineau Boulevard reopens to traffic

Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) between Brooklyn Boulevard (County Road 130/152) and 83rd Avenue is now open to traffic.

You can travel through the Bottineau Boulevard corridor without using any detours.  

You can also take advantage of some of the new trails added along Bottineau Boulevard between 73rd and 79th avenues, as well as the shared paths along Brooklyn Boulevard just east of the Bottineau Boulevard intersection.  

Be alert as work continues

Crews will be finishing minor roadway work and cleaning up and stabilizing the site for the winter.  

As long as weather allows, they will also be constructing retaining walls and grading the remaining trail connection between 79th Avenue and 85th Avenue (County Road 109). 

We will keep roadway disruptions to a minimum whenever possible. However, people should expect lane closures where crews are working.  

For your safety and the safety of our crews, use caution and be alert as you drive, bike, walk or roll through the area.

What to expect in 2021

Because crews were able to complete a significant amount of work on Bottineau Boulevard this year, we anticipate next year's work will be less disruptive. 

Crews will return in the spring to complete the remaining work that will include paving the final layer of asphalt, placing permanent roadway stripes and constructing the remaining trail connections up to 85th Avenue. 

We are also continuing to coordinate with BNSF Railroad for their required railroad crossing work on Brooklyn Boulevard and other locations adjacent to Bottineau Boulevard. 

Project information

Bottineau Boulevard reconstruction in 2020

In 2020, Hennepin County, in coordination with the City of Brooklyn Park, will continue major reconstruction of Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) in Brooklyn Park.

There will be two complete closures this year. One this spring for intersection work of Bottineau Boulevard and Brooklyn Boulevard (County Road 130/152), and one later this year for Bottineau Boulevard between 79th and 83rd avenues.

This will allow crews to efficiently and safely complete needed underground utility work, as well as construct the new roads, sidewalks and trails.

Project schedule

Spring - summer 2020

When construction resumes March 23, crews will close and reconstruct the Bottineau and Brooklyn boulevards intersection, which includes:

  • Bottineau Boulevard between Brooklyn Boulevard and 79th Avenue
  • Brooklyn Boulevard between Xylon Avenue and east of Jolly Lane

Crews will also be working on minor projects at 73rd and Lakeland avenues. The road will remain open in these areas, but people can expect lane shifts or road condition changes.

Summer to fall 2020

Following the completion of the intersection work, crews will close and reconstruct the Bottineau Boulevard between 79th and 83rd avenues. 

In addition to this work, crews will also re-stripe Bottineau Boulevard between Highway 169 and 85th Avenue, and construct a new trail connecting Lakeland and 85th avenues.

  Project area and detour map on Bottineau Boulevard 

Map above shows the reconstruction and minor project work to be completed in 2020, as well as the detour route for both regional and local traffic. For a larger view of this map, click here.

Other projects near the corridor

Corridor information

Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) was originally constructed as part of the state’s trunk highway system. The roadway was last graded and paved in 1957. Before work began on the corridor, a county study found the roadway to be in fair to poor condition and in need of reconstruction rather than repaving. In addition, stormwater had not adequately treated along the corridor. Moreover, issues such as inadequate turn lanes and multiple access points compromise traffic flow and safety.

Corridor segments

63rd Avenue to West Broadway Avenue (County Road 8)

  • Major construction completed in 2017

Bass Lake Road (County Road 10) to 63rd Avenue

  • Completed in 2014

Bottineau Boulevard and 85th Avenue interchange with Highway 169

  • Completed in 2011 by Minnesota Department of Transportation (not part of the county's five segments)

Highway 100 to Bass Lake Road (County Road 10)

  • Completed in 2008

Public involvement

Previous construction outreach

Hennepin County Library – Brooklyn Park

Project staff hosted a public event in July 2019 at the Brooklyn Park Library.

City Hall on the Go

Hennepin County staff attended the City of Brooklyn Park's City Hall on the Go event to inform people about the upcoming reconstruction project in June 2019

Tator Daze

Hennepin County staff attended Tator Daze to inform people about the upcoming reconstruction project in June 2019.

Previous design outreach

January 2019 corridor mailing

Hennepin County mailed out letters to residents and business owners along the project corridor to update them on the reconstruction timeline and stages.

Early design open house

Hennepin County and the City of Brooklyn Park hosted an open house in October 2017 to share early designs for the reconstruction between West Broadway and 83rd avenues.

Materials from the open house

Project contact information

Hennepin County

City of Brooklyn Park

Metro Transit

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Three Rivers Park District

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