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.
The project goals [forthcoming] for the Penn Avenue Redesign Corridor Planning Study are adapted from the City of Richfield’s Guiding Principles:
To improve the pavement conditions, replace deteriorating sidewalks, and upgrade aging underground utilities while improving operational safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.
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:
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.
Engineering staff is moving forward with the preliminary design of the 65th Street Reconstruction Project. The 65th St. “Phase 1” project was paused in August of 2019 to better align with potential redevelopment in the area. This year, we are picking up where we left off and focusing on the entire length of 65th Street from Nicollet Ave. to Rae Drive/66th Street and we are also including pedestrian improvements along Lyndale from 64th to 66th Street.
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.
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:
To learn more, please visit MnDOT’s I-494: MSP Airport to Highway 169 Project Page.
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 focused on an increased livability of the corridor through enhanced aesthetics, landscaping amenities, transit facilities, and traffic calming measures.
Through the public engagement 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 was 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.
2019 construction began in late April and substantial completion of the project was achieved by mid-November 2019. 2020 construction wrap-up began in early April and ended in late May.
Learn more about the project by listening to the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction episode of the “That’s Rich(field) Podcast (Episode XXII)”.
If you have questions about the project, don’t hesitate to contact the project hotline:
The project goals for the Lyndale Avenue Project were adapted from the City of Richfield’s Guiding Principles:
Starting Monday, April 6, the City’s contractor returned to town to wrap-up the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project. As always, contact the Lyndale Ave project hotline at 612-861-9793 with questions or concerns.
The Lyndale Ave Reconstruction Kick-Off Open House was held April 25th. Residents joined the project staff and contractor to discuss the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project and learn about the expected project timeline and asked questions!
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.
Public Works Director
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 Public Works Department implemented an Accelerated 6-year Mill & Overlay program to mill and overlay 85 of the 100 miles of Richfield’s residential streets. The remaining 15 miles have either already been completed in conjunction with previous projects or will be completed as part of upcoming future projects. The project was completed in 2020.
Concrete curb and gutter and manhole/catch basin work took place each year previous to that areas mill and overlay.
6 years, 2015-2020
Estimated cost of $20M will be funded through franchise fees.
Visit the Sweet Streets Facebook page for updates and pictures.
6-Year Accelerated Mill & Overlay Map
2020 Mill & Overlay
Beginning in April 2020 and lasting into May, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, replaced natural gas mains in Richfield. CenterPoint’s work was primarily focused near the HUB and between 66th and Hwy 62 from Nicollet to Portland.
Due to COVID-19/Coronavirus concerns, CenterPoint Energy is delaying service line and meter work that requires entering customer homes or disrupting customer gas service until further notice.
Click here for CenterPoint’s project website
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 with minor work in Fall 2020 and wrapping up in 2021, 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.
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