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

Crews nearing reopening of the intersection

Since crews closed Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) and the intersection with Brooklyn Boulevard (County Road 130/152) in late March, they have been hard at work in the area.

Activities include:

  • Removing and hauling away the former roadway and materials 
  • Installing new city watermains, stormwater management systems and utilities
  • Grading and improving soils for the new roadway
  • Pouring new curbs and gutters
  • Constructing new medians 

Once crews are able to pave the new roadway and trail and add striping, we will be able to open up Bottineau and Brooklyn Boulevards through the intersection soon. Currently, project leaders anticipate the intersection opening the week of July 13.

Work will continue at intersection after reopening

When the intersection reopens, crews will continue to work in the area, including at the intersection and on connecting roadways.

You can expect lane closures, as well as sidewalk and trail impacts. We will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction and one side of sidewalks and trails. And, we will continue to maintain access to local businesses.

In addition, Bottineau Boulevard will fully close between 79th and 83rd avenues, as crews shift to the next stage of construction.

Utility and grading work wrapping up

In early June, crews completed the underground utility work, which included removing and installing thousands of feet of new watermain and storm sewer lines. This set the stage for the next milestone of the project, rebuilding the roadway.

During the last few weeks, crews subcut and graded the new intersection to ensure a sturdy foundation for the new roadway, curbs and trails.

Subcutting is a soil correction procedure that removes the poor soil beneath a roadway and replaces it with sand. Once the sand is placed, it is spread evenly and compacted to increase density and provide extra strength for the future road. It is then followed by placing aggregate, or crushed rocks, on top to complete grading the roadway for the new pavement.

Crews are expected to complete subcutting and grading work at the intersection week of June 22.

Subcutting Bottineau Boulevard

Crews move existing soils to finish subcutting efforts north of the intersection as they continue efforts to rebuild Bottineau Boulevard.

Grading compaction at Brooklyn Boulevard

Crews grade Brooklyn Boulevard just west of Jolly Lane in preparation for concrete work and paving.

Concrete work continues; paving and striping to follow

Crews are constructing new concrete structures, such as curbs and gutters, sidewalks and pedestrian curb ramps, in areas where grading was completed. Weather permitting, crews is expected to substantially concrete work within the couple of weeks.

Following the concrete work, crews will pave the road and portions of new trails on Bottineau and Brooklyn boulevards. Then, crews will return to stripe the roadway. 

Final construction phase to follow

Following the completion of the intersection work, crews will move north to begin reconstruction of Bottineau Boulevard between 79th and 83rd avenues. This will require a full closure of Bottineau Boulevard in this area as it will entail similar activities to those described above.

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

We will provide updates prior to the start of construction.

Staying safe

It is important to follow posted speed limits, signs and stay alert in this area. Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment and work areas near the roadway can demand extra attention from road users.

Closures, impacts and access

Bottineau and Brooklyn boulevards intersection closed 

The Bottineau Boulevard (County Road 81) and Brooklyn Boulevard (County Road 130/152) intersection closure will remain in place until crews are ready to move on to the next phase of work, which is expected to happen this summer.

How to get around the closure

While the intersection is closed, there are marked local and regional detours for people to get around the closure. The detours are as follows:  

  • Regional traffic should use I-694 and Highway 169
  • Local traffic will use West Broadway Avenue (County Road 103/130) and 85th Avenue (County Road 109)

Using these marked detours will keep you from experiencing additional delays and getting frustrated. And it keeps the local streets safer for the individuals and families who live and work in the area. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Intersection closure and detour routes 

Map above shows the Bottineau and Brooklyn boulevard intersection closure, as well as the local and regional detours to use to get around. For a larger view of this map, click here.

Access to local destinations

In order to help people access businesses along Brooklyn Boulevard, Jolly Lane and Xylon Avenue, the project is keeping some access on Brooklyn Boulevard. People should expect access and road condition changes, as well as intermittent closures, in the area.

Allow yourself extra time to travel in this area during construction.

Local access

Map above shows local access to Xylon Avenue and Jolly Lane from Brooklyn Boulevard, while the Bottineau and Brooklyn boulevards intersection is closed. For a larger view of this map, click here.

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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