Road Work Updates
77th Street Underpass Construction has started!
- Construction officially started July 21st!
- Washington Park is currently undergoing clearing and grubbing of trees and shrubs along the Northwest side of the park. This work is to make way for the new trail route, which will allow for a second soccer field in the park. Trail closures are to be expected intermittently during this project.
- The intersection of Cedar Avenue and 77th Street is now permanently closed but local access remains for those residents to the south. The detour for this project will be 76th Street to 12th Avenue to 77th Street. Following completion of the project, a new leg of Richfield Parkway/18th Avenue will connect 76th and 77th Streets. A cul-de-sac will exist on Cedar Avenue north of its old connection with 77th street.
- General site grading and utility work is expected to start over the next 1-2 weeks on the East side of Highway 77 on the MSP airport property.
Upcoming Portland Ave Closures at Crosstown
- From Monday at 7am to Friday at 5pm, the WB off-ramp from the Crosstown to Portland Avenue will be closed. This closure is so curb and ped ramps can be removed and replaced. For Richfield purposes using Lyndale or Cedar to 66th might be your best bet, but the posted detour will be the Crosstown to 35W to Diamond Lake Road to Portland.
- Tuesday through Friday the signal at 64th Street will be turned off so crews can relocate the SE quadrant signal pole and do some wiring replacement. The intersection will be a four way stop during this time.
- On Thursday from 9am to 3pm the free right from the EB Crosstown off-ramp to Portland Avenue will be closed. The ramp will remain open and you will be able to turn right from the right lane.
Pavement Rejuvenation (Reclamite) to begin July 12
Beginning July 12 and continuing over the next few weeks, the City’s contractor—Corrective Asphalt Materials—will be treating certain streets with a product known as Reclamite, which seals and waterproofs the pavement. This process gives the asphalt more durability and flexibility and helps to minimize potholes, prolong the life of the roadway, and preserve the City’s investment in our streets.
Prior to work being conducted in your area, the contractor will post temporary no-parking signs on your street. You will also receive a letter from the contractor that details what to expect while they are treating your street. This work takes place in three simple stages and entails street sweeping, application of the Reclamite solution, and then covering the street in a temporary sandy aggregate for vehicle traction while the Reclamite soaks into the pavement. The day after your street is treated the contractor will be back through with a street sweeper to pick up the sandy aggregate and the work is complete.
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!