Road Work Updates
Upcoming Southbound Richfield Parkway Daytime Closures—June 14 to July 2
Southbound Richfield Parkway will be closed from Bloomington Ave to 65th Street weekdays between 7:00am and 3:30pm from June 14 to July 2 as part of the RYA Apartments redevelopment project. The closure and signage will be taken down each night and the route open to traffic outside of these hours. Southbound traffic will be routed down Bloomington to 66th street and northbound travel will be maintained as normal. There will be no left turns allowed out of Cedar Point Commons north of 65th street during this closure. Please direct any questions to Civil Engineer Olivia Wycklendt at 612-861-9789.
Full Closure at Portland & Highway 62
On Tuesday, June 8th Portland Avenue will be fully closed between Highway 62 and 64th Street in Richfield. The closure will be lifted by end-of-day Friday June 11th. Residents and Water Plant personnel will have local access to their properties from the closure at 64th St. & Veterans Park access will be maintained as well. Hennepin County contractors working on the Portland Avenue Bike Gap/Mill & Overlay need to relocate fire hydrants in the area which will require a 12-14’ deep excavation and necessitates a full closure for safety. The official detour will be Highway 62 to Highway 77 to 66th Street and crews will reopen Portland as soon as possible once work is complete. Questions or concerns related to this closure can be directed to Civil Engineer Olivia Wycklendt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange Line BRT work to begin May 24th
Work on Metro Transit’s D-Line BRT project is scheduled to start in Richfield the week of May 24th. While no major work is scheduled for next week, preparation for the work including traffic control and erosion control measures will be implemented. This will be happening on Portland Avenue at 66th St, 70th, 73rd, and 77th. The D-Line BRT will provide faster more frequent service, pre-boarding fare payment for faster stops, neighborhood-scale stations with amenities at the above intersections, enhanced security, and larger specialized BRT busses. Please contact Civil Engineer Olivia Wycklendt with any questions related to this project throughout construction.
PENN AVE UTILITY WORK MAY 17TH
On Monday May 17th, Penn Ave from 66th St to Crosstown/Hwy 62 will have individual lanes closed northbound & southbound for utility work in preparation for Hennepin County’s mill and overlay project later this summer. Richfield Public Works utility crews will be prepping manholes and valves for the upcoming county project. While work is anticipated to be completed within the week, there is a likelihood that it could extend to the week of the 24th. The first phase of this project will see the middle two lanes closed before crews move to the outside lanes. Business access will be maintained for the duration of the project, however, traffic will be unable to cross Penn Ave at certain intersections during the work. Some traffic impacts are expected during peak hours, but are unavoidable.
64TH AND 2ND CLOSURE
The intersection of 64th St and 2nd Ave will be fully closed to traffic from 6am Monday, May 17th until 3pm Tuesday, May 18th for patching operations due to poor pavement conditions following water main repairs this winter. Detour signs will be posted while this closure is in place.
77TH STREET UNDERPASS
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.
Construction: Summer 2021-Spring 2023
Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction
The Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction project was completed in Spring 2020. See below for our weekly project update videos.
Check out this awesome time-lapse of the final phase of construction near Lyndale and 66th Street:
From the entire project team, we would like to thank all local businesses, residents and Lyndale Avenue users for your patience and cooperation during the entire project!
66TH STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
In 2020, the 66th Street contractor wrapped up loose ends and completed final punch list items along the corridor.
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
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!