Projects

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

 


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

Engineering staff is moving forward with the preliminary design of the 65th Street Reconstruction Project. The 65th St. “Phase 1” project was paused last August 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.

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.

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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 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 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.

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 is expected to be wrapped up in 2-4 weeks, not later than May 31, 2020.

Learn more about the project by listening to the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction episode of the “That’s Rich(field) Podcast (Episode XXII)” featuring Project Engineer Logan Vlasaty.

If you have questions about the project, don’t hesitate to contact the project hotline:

CLICK HERE FOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

2020 CONSTRUCTION RESUMED APRIL 6, 2020

Starting Monday, April 6, the City’s contractor returned to town to wrap-up the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project. Traffic impacts are expected to be minimal and only 2-4 weeks of active work are expected. As always, contact the Lyndale Ave project hotline at 612-861-9793 with questions or concerns.

CONSTRUCTION KICK-OFF OPEN HOUSE –  April 25th, 2019

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! Ground breaking for the project is set for April 29th.

COUNCIL APPROVED FINAL LAYOUT – APRIL 9, 2019

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

CONTACT

Joe Powers
Assistant 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.

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 – 2016-2019
  • Start Construction – TBD

PROJECT FINANCING

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

CONTACT

Kristin Asher
Public Works Director/City Engineer
612-861-9795
Email


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 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.

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

Visit the Sweet Streets Facebook page  for updates and pictures.

PROJECT MAPS

6-Year Accelerated Mill & Overlay Map

2020 Mill & Overlay

CONTACT

Joe Powers
Assistant City Engineer
612-861-9791
Email


CENTERPOINT ENERGY-RICHFIELD 2020 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

PURPOSE

Beginning in April 2020 and lasting into May, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains in Richfield. CenterPoint’s work will be 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.

TIMELINE

  • April 2020 – Fall 2020

PROJECT CONTACTS

Communications Specialist

  • 612-321-5546
  • Please reference the project name or number 84719950 when calling.

Restoration Questions

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 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.

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
  • Construction – 2020/2021

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