Projects

77TH STREET UNDERPASS

PURPOSEPresentation1_001

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.

CONCEPT

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 – 2016-2020
  • Construction – 2021-2023

PROJECT FINANCING

  • State Bonding (Local Road Improvement Program)
  • Hennepin County
  • Federal Funds

CONTACT

Kristin Asher
Public Works Director
612-861-9795
Email


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 employment corridor and the southeast metro.

The project, which is scheduled to begin in spring 2021 and be wrapped up by summer, 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)
  • Durable 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 – 2018/2019
  • Construction – 2021

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65TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION – NICOLLET TO 66TH ST./RAE DR.

PURPOSE

To improve the pavement conditions, replace deteriorating sidewalks, and upgrade aging underground utilities while improving operational safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.

PROJECT GOALS

The project goals for the 65th Street Reconstruction are adapted from the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan, Safe Routes to School Comprehensive Plan and the Richfield 2040 Comprehensive Plan Transportation Chapter along with the following City of Richfield’s Guiding Principles:

STORMWATER GOALS

This project provides an opportunity to address a long-time flooding issue in the area of 65th Street and the HUB shopping center.  Currently, this area is served by undersized storm infrastructure that is unable to adequately handle the more frequent, high intensity storms that have become more common.  The design solution will apply a regional approach to alleviate the flooding commonly experienced along 65th Street, 66th Street, and the surrounding area.

WHERE WE’RE AT

Following City Council approval of the 65th Street preliminary design in July 2020, engineering staff and our consultant have moved forward with final design engineering for the 65th Street Reconstruction Project. The next substantive action related to this project will be approval of the final design and authorization to bid the project which is expected to occur winter 2021-2022.

OPEN HOUSE #1- DECEMBER 12, 2018

OPEN HOUSE #2 – MARCH 28, 2019

OPEN HOUSE #3 – JUNE 6, 2019

OPEN HOUSE #4 (VIRTUAL/ONLINE) – APRIL 20 to APRIL 27, 2020

In lieu of a traditional open house, project staff hosted a virtual open house with a dedicated website with the hope of generating comparable engagement among stakeholders. The virtual open house was hosted Monday, April 20 through Monday, April 27.

OPEN HOUSE #5 (VIRTUAL/ONLINE) – JUNE 1 to JUNE 8, 2020

PROJECTED TIMELINE

CONTACT

Jack Broz
Transportation Engineer
612-861-9792
Email


I-494: MSP AIRPORT TO HWY 169 (MNDOT)

 

About this project:

I-494 is a heavily used interstate highway that joins with I-694 to create a loop around the Twin Cities Metro Area. The southwest stretch of the corridor provides direct access to major destinations such as the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America, cross city access for commuters and freight, and local access for the numerous businesses and residents along the freeway. It is also one of the most heavily congested roads in the state.

To address congestion along the southwest portion of I-494, the State of Minnesota has been working with the cities along the corridor, the I-494 Corridor Coalition and the I-35W Solutions Alliance to develop a vision for how the freeway can increase capacity and better serve the growing multimodal needs of the community.

The “I-494: Airport to Hwy 169” project will develop and construct long term solutions that will:

  • Provide a transit advantage to increase the number of people who can be efficiently moved through the corridor
  • Improve the reliability of the average rush-hour trip
  • Improve safety
  • Restore pavement to preserve infrastructure and provide a smoother ride
  • Improve drainage systems to reduce localized flooding and reduce run-off into the Minnesota River
  • Preserve existing bridges

To learn more, please visit MnDOT’s I-494: MSP Airport to Highway 169 Project Page.

Join MnDOT for some upcoming listening sessions by visiting and signing up at www.494openhouse.com


PENN AVENUE REDESIGN CORRIDOR PLANNING STUDY

PURPOSE

This corridor planning study process is part of the Hennepin County Community Works Corridor Planning grant we were awarded for a study of Penn Avenue.  The study is intended to identify feasible transportation solutions that can fit within the existing right-of-way in order to both stimulate economic development and enhance existing businesses through safer and more effective multimodal connections.

PROJECT GOALS

The project goals [forthcoming] for the Penn Avenue Redesign Corridor Planning Study are adapted from the City of Richfield’s Guiding Principles:

PROJECT EXTENTS

OPEN HOUSE #1- NOVEMBER 14, 2019

OPEN HOUSE #2 (VIRTUAL) – JULY 6 to 13, 2020