Past 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 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:

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.  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!

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
City Engineer
612-861-9791
Email


66TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION

PURPOSE

Addressed the deteriorating pavement, utility and drainage concerns, non-motorized accommodations and storm water quality conditions. The goal was 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 extended from Xerxes Avenue on the west to 16th Avenue on the east.

LAYOUT

66th St Project Overview
Full Landscaping Layout

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
  • Major Construction – 2017-2018
  • Construction Wrap-up/Final Streetscaping – 2019

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

Click here for Hennepin County’s 66th Street Reconstruction Presentation

CONTACT

Joe Powers
Assistant City Engineer
612-861-9791
Email


PORTLAND AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION

PURPOSE

Improved the pavement conditions, replaced deteriorating sidewalks, and upgraded 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.

The City of Richfield worked with Hennepin County and developed a preliminary design plan for the reconstruction of Portland Avenue. The approximate limits of the project were 67th Street to 77th Street.

COUNCIL APPROVED CROSS-SECTION

APRIL 6TH, 2016 KICK-OFF TO CONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE

APRIL 3RD, 2014 OPEN HOUSE INFO

JANUARY 22ND, 2014 OPEN HOUSE INFO

OCTOBER 10TH, 2013 OPEN HOUSE INFO

TIMELINE

  • Project Visioning and Public Involvement – 2013-2014
  • Preparation of Plans and Specifications – 2014-2015
  • Construction – 2015-2016

PROJECT FINANCING

  • Federal Highway STP Funds
  • City of Richfield State Aid Funds
  • Hennepin County Public Works

PROJECT FUNDING

    • Federal: $3,500,000
    • County: $750,000
    • City: $4,600,000
    • Total: $8,900,000

ACCELERATED MILL AND OVERLAY PROGRAM

m o 2PURPOSE

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.

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
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, 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.

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


RICHFIELD PARKWAY/CHAMBERLAIN DEVELOPMENT

PURPOSE

Established a renewed brand at a signature gateway of the city to increase the diversity of housing options and encourage the rehabilitation and replacement of the lowest-quality housing stock.

The Chamberlain Development was 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 through Summer 2019
  • Project Completion- Fall of 2019

PROJECT CONTACTS

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

WEST RICHFIELD STORMWATER IMPROVEMENT

PURPOSE

Improved flooding issues on Newton Avenue at 66th Street and Logan Avenue at 67th Street. Previously, 44 acres flow to Logan Avenue storm sewer from the 66th Street system. The Logan Avenue storm sewer pipe from 66th Street heading south was undersized, flat, and frequently backed up causing localized flooding in the area. Installing the 6′ x 3′ box culvert through Monroe Park provided relief to the Logan Avenue storm sewer system.

MARCH 2, 2016 OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION

OCTOBER 20, 2015 OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION

PROJECT ELEMENTS

      • Installed a 6′ x 3′ box culvert through Monroe Park from 66th to 68th Street and James Avenue from 68th to 69th Street.
      • Added stormwater storage area to Monroe Park and added drain pipes.
      • Full street reconstruction of James Avenue from 68th to 69th Street (curb and gutter, aprons, and asphalt).
      • Reconstruction of sanitary, storm, and watermain on James Avenue from 68th to 69th Street.
      • Planted storm water buffers to Monroe Park (native and ornamental plantings, butterfly gardens). Please see Displays from the October 20, 2015 Open House for locations.
      • Removed invasive species on the northeast end of Monroe Park.
      • Replaced trail lighting with LED, ideas reviewed were:
        • Motion sensing
        • Solar
        • Reduction in lighting at specified times

PROJECT BENEFITS

      • Solved multiple flooding issues in the neighborhood
      • Added flood protection to residents
      • Increased playable space in the park
      • Eliminated operational costs (removes 2 lift stations)

TIMELINE

      • Final Design – December 2015
      • Bidding – February 2016
      • Award Contract – March 2016
      • Start Construction – March 2016
      • Finish Contstruction – August/September 2016

PROJECT FINANCING

    • City of Richfield Storm Water Bonds

70TH STREET BICYCLE ROUTE

The City’s Complete Streets PolicyBicycle Master Plan, and Guiding Principles established goals for multimodal transportation options for Richfield residents. This project added over 2 miles of planned bicycle routes on 70th Street from Lyndale Avenue to Cedar Avenue.

This project provides safer bicycle connections to:

  • Richfield Senior High School;
  • Augsburg Park;
  • Augsburg Library;
  • Richfield Community Center;
  • Richfield Dual Language School;
  • Richfield STEM School; and,
  • Christian Park

The 70th Street Bicycle Route provides connections to the City’s existing bicycle facilities on Nicollet Avenue (bikeable shoulder), Portland Avenue (off-street trail and on-street bicycle lanes), Bloomington Avenue (on-street bicycle lanes) and the new off-street Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail along Cedar Avenue. This route also connects to Metro Transit Bus Routes on Lyndale, Nicollet, Portland, and Bloomington Avenues.

PROJECT ELEMENTS

  • Bicycle route pavement markings and signs
  • New street name signs with “bicycle route” designation
  • “No Parking” restrictions on the north side of 70th from approximately Nicollet Ave to 18th Avenue

TIMELINE

  • Public Input and Preliminary Design – Summer 2016
  • Final Design – Fall/Winter 2016
  • Construction – Summer 2017

PROJECT FINANCING

  • Design – Three Rivers Park District
  • Construction Administration – Three Rivers Park District
  • Construction Funding – Federal and Municipal State Aid

PROJECT MAP

Northwest Bicycle Route

PROJECT DETAILS

Portland and 70th Detail
70th St Bicycle Route Detail

PUBLIC INPUT

  • Transportation Commission Meetings – June 1 and August 3, 2016 (7:00 pm at Richfield Municipal Center)
  • Public Open House – July 19, 2016
  • City Council – August 23, 2016

NORTHWEST RICHFIELD BICYCLE ROUTES

The City’s Complete Streets PolicyBicycle Master Plan, and Guiding Principles established goals for multimodal transportation options for Richfield residents. This project added over 2.5 miles of planned bicycle routes in Northwest Richfield, (north of 66th Street and west of I-35W). The streets in this same area were milled and overlaid in 2015. The new pavement markings are applied to implement the bicycling network after the mill and overlay is completed in a section of the City.

PROJECT ELEMENTS

Features of the project included:

  • Bicycle Route Pavement Markings and Signs
  • New Street Name Signs
  • New 10’ Multi-use Path construction from Russell Avenue to Newton Avenue (adjacent to the MnDOT noise walls for Highway 62)

OPEN HOUSE – MAY 24, 2016

Display Boards

TIMELINE

Construction began and was completed in 2016.

PROJECT MAP


69TH STREET PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The City’s Comprehensive PlanSidewalk PolicyComplete Streets Policy, and Guiding Principles established goals for pedestrian facilities on collector roadways and improved multimodal transportation options for Richfield residents. This project adds over a 1/2 mile of planned pedestrian facilities on 69th Street from Xerxes Avenue to Penn Avenue, which was an identified gap in the pedestrian network.

This project provides safer pedestrian connections to:

  • Penn Avenue commercial district
  • Edina commercial district

The 69th Street improvements also accommodate bicycles on this planned bicycle route identified in the approved Bicycle Master Plan. This route also connects to the Metro Transit bus route on Penn Avenue.

PROJECT MAP

PROJECT ALTERNATIVES

  • Sidewalk with boulevard
  • Sidewalk without boulevard
  • “On-street” path

PUBLIC INPUT

  • Public Open House – August 24, 2016 (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Jefferson Park)
  • Transportation Commission Meeting – September 7, 2016 (7:00 pm at Richfield’s Municipal Center)
  • City Council – October 2016 (pending determination of funding source)

TIMELINE

  • Public Input and Design – Summer 2016
  • Construction – Fall 2016/Spring 2017 (pending funding)

PROJECT FINANCING

The project’s funding source has not been identified at this time.


CENTERPOINT ENERGY MAIN REPLACEMENT

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CenterPoint Energy has hired Michels Corporation to replace gas mains and service lines in Richfield ahead of the 6-Year Mill and Overlay Project.

PROJECT ELEMENTS

2017 Mill and Overlay Area

Nicollet Avenue

76th Street

TIMELINE

Construction started the summer of 2016.

INFORMATION HOTLINE

612-321-5369

RESTORATION QUESTIONS

612-321-5042


TAFT LAKE/LEGION LAKE WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

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Improved the in-lake water quality of Taft Lake by utilizing a regional approach to storm water management for areas in the City that are located within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

GRAPHICS

PROJECT ELEMENTS

Features and benefits of the project are:

  • Water Reuse Infiltration System
  • Native Prairie Restoration and Buffers
  • Grit Chambers
  • Flocculation Treatment
  • Flocculation Treatment System for In-lake Water
  • Construction of Richfield Parkway North Connection
  • Removal of Taft Lake Frontage Road

TIMELINE

Construction began July 2013 and lasted through mid September 2013.

PROJECT FINANCING

The Taft Lake/Legion Lake Water Quality Improvement Project was a cooperative effort between the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and the City of Richfield. The capital costs will be financed by the MCWD and the ongoing maintenance costs will be paid for by the City using fees collected through the Storm Water Utility.

FEASIBILITY

Feasibility Study


NOKOMIS-MINNESOTA RIVER REGIONAL TRAIL

THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT

icrt-map-overview_001PURPOSE

In an effort to fill a missing gap within this vast regional network, Three Rivers Park District (TRPD) undertook significant planning efforts in the development of the Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trail (formerly known as the Intercity Regional Trail (ICRT)). The trail extends from Lake Nokomis Parkway to the 86th Street Bikeway in Bloomington. The trail is jointly operated and maintained by the TRPD, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the City of Bloomington.

TRPD developed the Intercity Regional Trail Master Plan in 2012, and has been fully adopted by the Cities of Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington. Alignment options were considered and presented in a number of public meetings. A preferred alignment was selected and approved by the TRBP and the Councils of all three cities. The trail extends from Lake Nokomis Parkway to the 86th Street Bikeway in Bloomington, primarily using the Cedar Avenue alignment.

PROJECT ELEMENTS

Features and benefits of the project are:

  • New 10’ Trail Construction
  • New Ped/Bike Bridge over I-494
  • Bridge modifications over TH 62
  • Kiosks, signage, and other trail amenities
  • Boulevard and Boulevard Trees in some locations

TIMELINE

Construction began in 2015 and was completed in 2016.

PROJECT FINANCING

  • Federal Funds
  • Three Rivers Park District

THREE RIVERS PROJECT WEBSITE


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 – Held April 19th, 2018, at the 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