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.

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 layout - West Broadway to 83rd avenues (PDF 12MB)


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Project information

Bottineau Boulevard between West Broadway and 83rd avenues

This project is nearing final design.

Improvements along this segment of Bottineau Boulevard will make the road safer for all users, provide better traffic flow and reduce congestion and delays.

  • For people driving, the road will include the addition of through lanes, dedicated turn lanes and traffic signal replacements.
  • For people walking, there will be sidewalk curb ramp replacements, accessible pedestrian signals and countdown timers.
  • For people biking, the Crystal Lake Regional Trail will be extended along Bottineau Boulevard and shared paths along Brooklyn Boulevard.

Project corridor and timeline

Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2019. Work will occur in stages. 

  • Summer to fall 2019: Bottineau Boulevard will close for work from 71st Avenue to Brooklyn Boulevard; also work will occur on Lakeland Avenue to Jolly Lane
  • Winter 2019 to spring 2020: Winter suspension - all construction is suspended and detours are removed
  • Spring to summer 2020: Bottineau Boulevard and Brooklyn Boulevard intersection will close for work; Brooklyn Boulevard will be closed from Xylon Avenue to east of Jolly Lane
  • Summer to fall 2020: Bottineau Boulevard will close for work from Brooklyn Boulevard to 83rd Avenue; other work includes striping between Highway 169 and 85th Avenue and new trail construction

Construction staging map, click to enlarge.

Construction detours and detailed timeline information will be posted here ahead of any road closures.

Other work near the corridor

Landscape project in Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park

Landscape project underway between Abbott Avenue and I-94

On Monday, April 8, crews started the landscape project on Bottineau Boulevard between Abbott Avenue and I-94 in Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. Work will be completed in sections starting at Abbott Avenue and working north.

Crews will be working along boulevards at various intersections and on medians to:

  • Remove existing sod and soils
  • Install new irrigation systems and make soil improvements
  • Plant trees, shrubs and perennials

Weather permitting, the project will take three-to-four months to complete.

Expect single lane restrictions

During this project, people driving on Bottineau Boulevard should expect temporary, single lane restrictions where crews are working.

Traffic control devices such as signs and cones will be used to guide you around the work. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please exercise caution and slow down as you travel through the project area.

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. A recent Hennepin County report found it to be in fair to poor condition and in need of roadbed reconstruction rather than repaving. In addition, stormwater is 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

Upcoming outreach

Plans are underway for additional outreach as this project nears construction. Check back here for future engagement opportunities.

Previous outreach (design)

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 leadership and partners

Hennepin County

City of Brooklyn Park

Metro Transit

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Three Rivers Park District

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