66th Street Improvement Project Continues to Move Forward

How You Can Get Involved

Nicollet_print_001-500x219The purpose of the 66th Street improvement project is to address the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions. The project is being led by Hennepin County, which is collaborating with the City of Richfield. The goal is to design 66th Street to be safer, more livable, and welcoming to all users, while balancing potential impacts to residents and businesses along the corridor.

The 66th Street project extends from Xerxes Avenue on the west end to 16th Avenue South on the east end. Preliminary design work and public involvement is currently underway, with construction anticipated to begin in 2016. Major construction is set to begin in 2017.

As part of the project, roundabouts were approved by the City Council on February 24, 2015, at the Lyndale Avenue and Nicollet Avenue along 66th Street. Prior to construction activities by the county, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services will undertake a regional sewer improvements project along 66th Street.

The $37 million project will be funded through a combination of Federal Highway STP funds, Hennepin County Public Works funds, and dollars from the City of Richfield via its MSA funds, Street Reconstruction Bonds, Utility fees, and Xcel Rate Payers Fee.

Project managers are planning to host an open house for business on January 20th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Richfield Municipal Center. All businesses are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit http://richfieldsweetstreets.org/66thstreetreconstructionhttp://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/66th-st-richfield, or contact project manager, Maury Hooper at 612-596-0396 or at maury.hooper@hennepin.us.