Week of October 15 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:
66th Street paving
Beginning Saturday, October 13, crews will pave the final stretch of gravel surface that remains on 66th Street between Girard Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
Once this paving is done, there will be a base layer of pavement throughout the area. However, be aware that the corridor remains closed to through traffic as crews will continue to work in the area.
Saturday work at I-35W interchange activities this week
On Saturday, October 13, crews will be paving 66th Street from Girard Avenue through the I-35W interchange. This work will occur from 7 a.m. (an hour earlier than usual) through 6 p.m. People driving will be restricted from taking left turns to and from the I-35W ramps during paving.
Monday work between Emerson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive
On Monday, October 15, crews will be paving 66th Street between Emerson Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
People driving motor vehicles or riding bicycles on the road should anticipate road restrictions as equipment and crews move around. The side streets off 66th Street will remain open for the majority of the time, with the exception of when work is occurring in the immediate area.
Work is anticipated to be completed during daytime hours, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. This schedule is weather dependent.
During these paving operations
During these paving operations, please allow for up to 30 minutes extra when traveling through the area.
There will be some noise associated with this work, such as back up signals and noise from paving. Crews will try to minimize the disturbances for those next to the work area and will continue to work as quickly as possible to complete the paving work.
Additional activities this week
- Concrete sidewalk installation on the south side of 66th Street between Lake Shore Drive and Emerson Avenue
- Concrete curb and gutter pours on the south side of Stevens Avenue at 66th Street
- Retaining wall construction between I-35W and Lyndale Avenue
- Permanent signal installation at I-35W and Lake Shore Drive
Additional activities you should know about
Metro Transit bus stops under I-35W reopen soon
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 shortly after the sidewalks are complete; 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 Humboldt and Emerson 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.