Road Work Updates
LYNDALE AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION
June 21st Updates:
- This week, water and sanitary services for the properties on the east side of Lyndale were being connected to the new mains south of 74th Street. To do this work, crews had to flip the northbound traffic on Lyndale to the west side of the road to maintain access to local businesses.
- As this work wraps up in the next week, crews will remove all of the above ground temporary water systems south of 73rd street and continue working on storm sewer in this area.
- Water main and sanitary main are installed from 73rd street to 71st street and project staff is currently testing these mains before connecting services next week.
- Crushing and recycling of the old concrete and asphalt for this portion of the project is complete and crews will begin prepping the new roadway with this material in about two weeks.
- Starting the week of July 8th, crews will enter the 70th street intersection and begin roadway removals. At that point, all Lyndale traffic will be detoured to Nicollet from 76th street to 66th street with the exception that Lyndale will remain open to businesses on the north and south ends.
- Xcel energy was also busy this week relocating overhead power poles so that they are out of the way of the new Lyndale Avenue.
- Have a great weekend, please visit the small businesses along Lyndale, and thank you for your patience!
June 19th Reconstruction Video Update!
Reconstruction Began April 29th!
Lyndale Avenue reconstruction began Monday, April 29th! Reconstruction will first take place at 76th Street and extend up to 70th Street. Expect local-traffic detours in this area. Through-traffic is asked to avoid the work zone and use the official detour via 66th Street to Nicollet to 77th Street.
Kick-Off Open House Held on April 25th!
The Lyndale Reconstruction Kick-off Open House was held at Richfield City Hall on April 25th from 4-7pm! Residents joined the project staff and contractor to discuss the Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project and learned about the expected project timeline and asked questions!
Ground breaking is set for the last Monday in April!
At the April 9, 2019 meeting Richfield City Council approved the final design layout for the Lyndale Avenue Project. Click here to view the Council approved preliminary design layout.
66TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
66th St. Restoration continues through June
What to expect now
Between Humboldt and 5th avenues, expect crews to be:
- Placing and grading topsoil in boulevards and yards
- Seeding boulevards and yards
- Installing sidewalks
- Restoring driveways
Lane shifts and other minor traffic impacts will occur. For any properties that will experience temporary driveway access impacts, we will deliver printed notifications in advance.
What to expect soon
Crews will begin other activities, such as:
- Permanent striping
- Sign installation
- Landscaping (led by the City of Richfield)
- Final site clean-up
2018 Construction Highlights
During 2018, crews reconstructed 66th Street between Humboldt and Portland avenues, including:
- Replacing underlying soil to improve infrastructure support and drainage
- Updating the aging underground water main, storm and sanitary sewers to reduce needs to repair and replace pipes in the near future
- Replacing curbs and gutters and resurfacing the road to address deteriorating pavement and drainage concerns
- Moving overhead utilities underground (work will be completed throughout this winter)
Corridor ready for all users
While the construction addressed many things you won’t be able to see or instantly appreciate, there are many benefits you will be able to enjoy every day:
- New traffic flow improvements, including roundabouts at Nicollet and Lyndale avenues
- New pavement providing a smoother ride when traveling in a vehicle
- New sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer between the road
- New paths to use when bicycling
- New turn lanes in key areas
In addition, all Metro Transit buses and bus stops have returned to 66th Street. For details on your bus route, please visit: https://www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts
From the entire project team, we would like to thank all local businesses, residents and 66th Street users for your patience and cooperation during the entire 66th Street project and for this final construction season!
ACCELERATED MILL AND OVERLAY PROJECT
The Accelerated 6-year Mill and Overlay Project is now entering its 5th year. In 2019, concrete crews will be repairing curb and gutter and manhole/catch basins in the areas to be milled & overlaid in 2020. The 2019 Mill & Overlay area is in the southwest corner of town, generally south of 70th Street and west of 35W.
CENTERPOINT ENERGY-NICOLLET AVENUE
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 100% of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project.
CenterPoint Energy would like to say thank you for your patience as they continue to modernize their system to continue to provide reliable natural gas service. They strive to restore streets and grass disturbed by CenterPoint Energy to as close as possible to their original states, and are committed to completing restoration work quickly, and to a high standard in compliance with all laws. Below are the restoration notes
- Temporary asphalt on sidewalks
As CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, is finishing pipeline work for the 2018 season, crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. As winter is approaching, Q3 Contracting is beginning to lay down temporary restoration for the hard and soft surfaces. In some areas, the crews are replacing previously concrete sidewalk panels with temporary asphalt. These panels will receive permanent concrete in spring or summer 2019.
- Winter erosion control for lawns
When temperatures aren’t conducive for planting grass, Q3 Contracting will apply winter erosion control called hydromulch (otherwise known as hydroseed). The crews apply hydromulch by spraying it onto the affected areas. Sometimes the crews place netting with hydromulch to keep the soil together. Hydromulch is safe for pets to touch, but CenterPoint Energy recommends leaving it alone until the crews return in the spring. (See image below.) Permanent soft-surface restoration involves the crews’ placing black dirt and planting grass seed in the affected areas. Any holes created by CenterPoint Energy’s crews in boulevards during construction will be backfilled with dirt and sprayed with hydromulch in cold weather. In spring, Q3 Contracting will return to place black dirt and grass seed in these areas.
RICHFIELD PARKWAY-CHAMBERLAIN DEVELOPMENT
Construction is in full swing and crews are making fantastic progress on the Chamberlain Development. Richfield Parkway between 66th and Cedar Avenue is now open.
77TH STREET UNDERPASS
2017-2018 – Design
2020 – 2021 Construction