Projects

LYNDALE AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

PURPOSE            

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.

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PROJECT GOALS

The project goals for the Lyndale Avenue Project were adapted from the City of Richfield’s Guiding Principles:

DESIGN FEATURES OF LYNDALE AVENUE

COUNCIL APPROVED LAYOUT- JUNE 12, 2018

OPEN HOUSE #4- MAY 1, 2018

OPEN HOUSE #3 – FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Traffic Analysis

OPEN HOUSE #2 – NOVEMBER 29, 2017

OPEN HOUSE #1 – OCTOBER 25, 2017

TIMELINE

  • Project Visioning and Public Involvement – October 2017-February 2018
  • Preparation of Plans and Specifications – March 2018-December 2018
  • Construction – 2019                                             

PROJECT FINANCING

  • City of Richfield Street Reconstruction Bonds
  • City of Richfield Storm Water Bonds
  • City of Richfield State Aid Funds

CONTACT

Logan Vlasaty
Civil Engineer
612-861-9789
Email  


65TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION- PHASE 1

PURPOSE

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.

OPEN HOUSE #1- DECEMBER 12, 2018

You are invited to learn about the scope of the project and provide input on existing issues to be addressed during design

Richfield Muncipal Center
Bartholomew Room
4-7p.m.

OPEN HOUSE #2- SPRING 2019

This open house will 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.

OPEN HOUSE #3- SUMMER 2019

This meeting will present the preferred final layout for public comment.

PROJECT ELEMENTS

PROJECTED TIMELINE

  • Open House #1 – December 12, 2018
  • Open House #2 – Spring 2019
  • Open House #3 – Summer 2019
  • Preliminary Design- Summer 2019
  • Final Design/Council Approval- Fall 2019
  • Construction- 2020

CONTACT

Jeff Pearson
City Engineer
612-861-9791
Email


77TH STREET UNDERPASS

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The 77th Street underpass will connect 77th Street east and west of Trunk Highway (TH) 77 (Cedar Avenue) to eliminate a gap in the minor reliever network. The project will connect Bloomington and Longfellow Avenues and address regional traffic issues on the I-494 corridor through Richfield and Bloomington.

OPEN HOUSE – January 18, 2018

CONCEPTS OPTIONS

PROJECT ELEMENTS

  • 4-lane road connecting 77th Street to the realigned Longfellow Avenue on the east side of TH 77.
  • Construct new bridge on TH 77 carrying TH 77 over 77th Street.
  • Reconstruct the southbound TH 77 to westbound I-494 ramp.
  • Reconstruct the westbound I-494 to northbound TH 77 ramp.
  • Construct a 6′ sidewalk along the south side of 77th Street.
  • Construct a 10′ multi-use regional trail along the north side of 77th Street, which links to Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail and the Intercity Regional Trail.

PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Provides Connections – Establishes a Regional, Multi-Modal Connection between the City of Richfield, the City of Bloomington, MSP International Airport, the Metro Transit South Garage, and the Mall of America.
  • Ease Congestion – Provides additional capacity to I-494 by removing local trips from the freeway.
  • Encourage Redevelopment – Promotes redevelopment along the south-eastern borders of Richfield that will provide a commercial “buffer” to protect neighborhoods from airport and highway impacts.

PROJECTED TIMELINE

  • Design Engineering – 2016-2018
  • Start Construction – 2019-2020
  • Schedule

PROJECT FINANCING

  • State Bonding (Local Road Improvement Program): $12,500,000
  • Hennepin County: $6,000,000
  • Federal: $7,000,000
  • Total Project Budget: $25,500,000

CONTACT

Liz Finnegan
Civil Engineer
612-861-9793
Email


RICHFIELD PARKWAY/CHAMBERLAIN DEVELOPMENT

PURPOSE

To establish a renewed brand at a signature gateway of the city that will increase the diversity of housing options and encourage the rehabilitation and replacement of the lowest-quality housing stock.

The Chamberlain Development will be the first new multi-family apartment project constructed on the City’s east side since 1971. The goals

PROJECT ELEMENTS

  • Richfield Parkway will be extended south of the roundabout at 66th Street, through the development down to 68th Street.
  • 284-unit housing development
  • renovation of 33 housing units in 3 existing apartment buildings along Cedar Avenue.

Note: Further extensions of Richfield Parkway down 18th Avenue would not take place until redevelopment occurs south of 68th Street. No redevelopment projects are planned south of 68th Street at this time.

PROJECT RENDERINGS

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • Design Engineering 2017-2018
  • Construction- Summer of 2018
  • Project Completion- Fall of 2019

PROJECT CONTACTS

  • Chris Dokken– Kraus Anderson Project Manager
  • Melissa Poehlman-Asst. Director of Community Development

ACCELERATED MILL AND OVERLAY PROGRAM

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To preserve the base life of the asphalt roads by implementing an accelerated mill and overlay program because Richfield roads are 20 years past their expected life.

The City Council is working with the Public Works Department to mill and overlay 85 of the 100 miles of Richfield’s residential streets. The remaining 15 miles have already been completed in conjunction with previous projects.

Concrete curb and gutter and manhole/catch basin work will take place each year previous to that areas mill and overlay.

PROJECT INFORMATION

TIMELINE

6 years, 2015-2020

FINANCING

Estimated cost of $20M will be funded through franchise fees.

PROJECT UPDATES AND PICTURES

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PROJECT MAP

Accelerated Mill and Overlay Map
2018 Mill and Overlay Map
2018 Concrete Map

 


66TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION

PURPOSE

To address the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions. 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 project extends from Xerxes Avenue on the west to 16th Avenue on the east.

LAYOUT

Full Project Layout (Washburn to 16th Avenue)
Full Landscaping Layout

CONCEPTS

Layout 4B for east of 35W to 16th Avenue – Approved by City Council October 28, 2014
Full Project Layout
Minimal Impact Layout for Xerxes Avenue to Penn Avenue – Approved by City Council December 9, 2014

ROUNDABOUTS

Roundabouts were approved by City Council on February 24, 2015, on 66th Street at Lyndale Avenue and Nicollet Avenue intersections. Click here to learn more about roundabouts.

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Pictured above: Sketches of 66th and Lyndale Roundabout (Left) and 66th and Nicollet Roundabout (Right)

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • Project Visioning and Public Involvement – 2013-2014
  • Preparation of Plans and Specifications – 2014-2016
  • Construction – 2017-2018

PROJECT FUNDING SOURCES

  • Federal Highway STP Funds
  • Hennepin County Public Works
  • City of Richfield (MSA Funds, Street Reconstruction Bonds, Utilities, Xcel Rate Payers Fee)

HENNEPIN COUNTY PROJECT PAGE

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CITY OF RICHFIELD PROJECT PAGES

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Click here for historical project information


CENTERPOINT ENERGY-NICOLLET AVENUE PROJECT

PURPOSE

To replace the natural gas belt line system in Richfield and Bloomington along Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road.

TIMELINE

  • Open House– April 19th, 4-6 p.m., Richfield Community Center
  • Construction– Spring 2018 to Fall 2018

PROJECT CONTACTS

Project Questions- 612-321-5369

Communication Specialist- 612-321-5546

Restoration Questions- 612-321-5042

CENTERPOINT PROJECT WEBSITE

Click here for CenterPoint’s project website

 


PORTLAND AVENUE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS

PURPOSE

Hennepin County is preparing to reconfigure a segment of Portland Avenue between 60th Street to 66th Street. Portland Avenue is among the County’s most biked corridors. It connects downtown Minneapolis with the interstate 494 employement corridor and the southeast metro.

The project, which is scheduled to begin in 2020, will complete a critical bicycle transportation link on Portland Avenue. It will improve protected bikeways and facilities for pedestrians and convert a portion of the road from four to three lanes.

OPEN HOUSE- August 11th, 2018

Hennepin County and the cities of Richfield and Minneapolis held an outreach event in August 2018 about the upcoming project on Portland Avenue (County Road 35) between 60th Street and 66th Street (County Road 53).

Project Information Sheet

Four to Three Lane Conversion Information

LAYOUT

PROJECT ELEMENTS

  • ADA compliant ramps and sidewalks
  • Accessible pedestrian signals (APS)
  • Durbale crosswalk markings
  • Countdown timers
  • New dedicated bike trails
  • Enhanced bus shelters
  • Enhanced wayfinding signage
  • Additional dedicated turn lanes
  • New traffic signal mast arms

PROJECTED TIMELINE

  • Design – 2018
  • Construction –2020

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