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

November 2017 update

Major construction along 66th Street is complete for the 2017 season and the road is now open to all traffic in both east and west Richfield. During 2017, crews were able to complete construction on the west end between Xerxes and Girard avenues and on the east end between Columbus and 16th avenues. Crews were also able to:

  • Replace underlying soil with new soil to extend the lifespan of the road
  • Update the aging underground water main, storm and sanitary sewers to reduce needs to repair and replace pipes in the near future
  • Update curbs and gutters to address deteriorating pavement and drainage concerns
  • Move overheard utilities underground (work will be completed in winter)

The project team also worked to connect with businesses and community members along the corridor. Project team staff held regular on-site sidewalk meetings and conducted frequent door-to-door business visits to provide project updates, answer questions and discuss individual needs. Sidewalk meetings and regular business visits will continue during the 2018 construction season.

In most of the completed areas, 66th Street users will now be able to enjoy:

  • New pavement providing a smoother ride when traveling in a vehicle
  • New sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer between the road
  • New paths to use when bicycling
  • New turn lanes in key areas

Winter Activities

Over the winter, a few things will be occurring along 66th Street:

  • Crews from Xcel Energy will be removing the power poles on the north side of 66th Street. 
  • Tree removals between Girard and 5th avenues will occur after January 1, 2018 in preparation for next season's reconstruction. 
  • 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. [BG1] 

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 2018 work areas

Spring 2019

  • Final restoration and completion of some sidewalks in the 2018 work areas

Closures and traffic access

November 2017 update

66th Street is now open to traffic. You can anticipate minor activities to occur periodically during winter. They should have minimal impacts on those 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)

Learn more

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 to address deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns and storm water quality conditions.
  • Vehicle separation features, including raised concrete medians and continuous two-way left turn lanes.
  • Bicycle facilities and enhanced pedestrian accommodations.
  • Accessible curb ramps at intersections.
  • Traffic signal replacement 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

Business meetings

Business meetings for the 2017 construction season are complete. Businesses near the 2018 project area will be invited to attend regular informational business meetings next spring to learn and ask questions about construction activities, potential impacts and area access.

Upcoming events

Hennepin County and the city of Richfield plan to host an open house for the public in 2018. Additional details will be provided in winter 2018.

Previous events

March 2017 pre-construction open house

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 on March 15, 2017.

Open house poster boards (PDF)

Open house before and after images (PDF)

Typical roadway cross section (PDF)

Full project layout (PDF)

Full project landscaping layout (PDF)

 

January 2016 staging preview open house

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. Below are handouts that were made available to attendees.

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