Road Work Updates
Taft Lake Outfall Project (City of Minneapolis/MnDOT)
Beginning Monday December 12, Bloomington Ave will be closed completely between 62nd St and Hwy 62. There will be no northbound access to the Hwy 62 EB ramp or Minneapolis from Richfield. Local access will be maintained to homes for residents. Southbound traffic coming from Minneapolis will be forced onto Hwy 62 EB and will not be able to access Richfield from the Bloomington Ave Bridge. Hwy 62 EB traffic will not be able to exit the freeway at Bloomington but will instead be detoured to Portland or Hwy 77. The bicycle and pedestrian trails between Taft Lake and Bloomington Ave will be closed while the headwall and pipes are constructed in the park.
Minneapolis Public Works and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are working together on the project. This project will replace two parallel and aging storm sewer pipes that drain to Taft Lake. The owner of one pipe is the City of Minneapolis and the other pipe’s owner is MnDOT. Construction of a new headwall for the pipes will begin in December 2022 where the pipes discharge into Taft Lake. The project will replace roughly 140 feet of each pipe to the west of the lake and remove sediment that has accumulated in the lake near the outfall over several decades.
End-of-season 65th Street Reconstruction Project Update!
- Concrete work is officially completed for the first stage of this project. This includes curb, gutter, driveway aprons, and sidewalk.
- Construction crews are currently working on the final grade of both the trail on the north side of 65th St, as well as the north side of the roadway on the east end of 65th St and Rae Dr.
- Weather permitting, the final lift of asphalt for both ends of the project is expected to be paved by mid-November.
- Once this work is complete, crews will do some final stabilization and tidying up before leaving for the Winter.
- The second stage of the project is expected to begin early spring of 2023.
- Both ends of the project will be fully open to traffic throughout the Winter.
- As always, contact Civil Engineer Olivia Wycklendt with any questions or concerns at email@example.com or 612-861-9789.
End-of-season 77th Street Underpass Construction Update!
- Winter stabilization and dormant seeding is officially complete within Washington Park. Residents are welcome to walk through the park, however they may not enter the job site along 77th St.
- The ramp from 494 westbound to TH 77 northbound is expected to reopen on November 18th. The ramp is currently closed due to some final grading and backfilling of one of the bridges located along the ramp.
- Storm sewer work on the west side of the project continues on through this week, and will be wrapped by mid-next week.
- The contractor will be completing some final grading throughout the entire site prior to work wrapping up for 2022.
- Miscellaneous work will take place throughout the winter but substantial construction will not resume until Spring 2023.
- The 77th Street Underpass is expected to be complete and fully open by Fall 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!