WHAT TO EXPECT FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN 2019
WRAP-UP of 66th ST.
As we wrap up the major construction on 66th street, the following minor activities will occur in some locations along 66th Street between Humboldt and Portland avenues in 2019:
- Permanent sidewalk installation
- Placing and grading topsoil in boulevards and yards
- Temporary and permanent seeding boulevards and yards
- Permanent striping and paving
- Landscaping (led by the City of Richfield)
LYNDALE AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION
To improve the pavement conditions, replace deteriorating sidewalks, and upgrade aging underground utilities while improving operational safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Additionally, the project will focus on an increased livability of the corridor through enhanced aesthetics, landscaping amenities, transit facilities, and traffic calming measures.Through the public involvement process and combined with the City of Richfield’s Guiding Principles, staff identified a widely held perception of the current Lyndale corridor: Safety and comfort for pedestrians, transit users, bicyclists, and drivers is compromised and users are not satisfied with the way the existing road operates.The city’s goal with the Lyndale reconstruction is to address safety and comfort in design through reduced vehicle speeds along the corridor and by reallocating space to accommodate walking, bicycling, transit, parking, snow storage, and green space while maintaining adequate traffic capacity for motor vehicles.The approximate limits of the project are 66th Street to 76th Street.
65TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION- PHASE 1
To improve the pavement conditions, replace deteriorating sidewalks, and upgrade aging underground utilities while improving operational safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.The original scope of the 65th Street Reconstruction Project was 66th St/Rae Drive to Nicollet Avenue. It was determined through pavement and utility condition assessments that this project could be delayed until 2021; however, potential redevelopment (The HUB) along the segment from Grand Avenue to Nicollet Avenue will necessitate road and utility reconstruction in 2020. Therefore, the project has been divided into two smaller projects:
- Phase 1- Nicollet Avenue to Grand Avenue
- Phase 2- Grand Avenue to Rae Drive/66th Street
The scope of the project also includes an examination of pedestrian crossings along Nicollet Avenue for potential improvements as part of the planned 2020 mill and overlay of the roadway by Hennepin County. There will be an open house on March 28 at Richfield Municipal Center to present the layout alternatives created with the feedback received from the public at open house #1. This meeting will also provided the opportunity for the public to comment on design alternatives and provide more feedback.
For up to date information on all road projects in Richfield, please visit the Sweet Streets website. https://www.richfieldsweetstreets.org/