Street closures from Columbus to Chicago avenues come in October
By Cam Bonelli
The Logan intersection, closed due to reconstruction of 66th Avenue, will reopen by Sept. 29, according to Richfield Public Works.
Currently, crews are installing a new 42-inch water main on Logan Avenue. Richfield residents can now see paved areas around the Logan Avenue intersection and a completed trail looking west from Irving Avenue and 66th Street. Crews have installed the new sidewalk and bicycle trail on the south side of 66th Street.
As of Sept. 21, Richfield Public Works will continue to remove existing sewer facilities from Penn Avenue to Thomas Avenue and install storm sewers and sanitary services from Thomas Avenue to Washburn Avenue. Crews will work from Sheridan Avenue to Upton Avenue to prepare the road for asphalt starting next week, Richfield Civil Engineer Logan Vlasaty said.
On the east side of 66th Street, crews installed water main valves from Elliot Avenue to 10th Avenue. Beginning Sept. 25, 66th Street will be closed from Chicago Avenue to Elliot Avenue for the installation water mains and storm sewer. Richfield residents can expect during the first week of October that 66th Street will close from Columbus Avenue to Chicago. The project contractor expects to pour cement for curbs and gutters from 13th Avenue to 16th Avenue the week of Sept. 25 and install sidewalks the following week.
On Sept. 26-27, 66th Street will be closed between Bloomington and 13th avenues as crews pour the concrete curbs and gutters.
The side streets off 66th Street will remain open with the exception of when road crews are working in the area. Crews anticipate to complete road work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the road will reopen each night.
Public Works said residents can expect overnight water pump and water main work at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 66th Street for the next two weeks.
Intermittent side street closures on both sides of 66th Street between Columbus and 16th avenues for underground utility work and roadway removals will continue during the next several weeks. Public Works said the construction timeline will be dependent on weather conditions.
As activities continue near notable business areas, Public Works officials remind residents that access is being maintained to all local businesses.
Construction signs reminder
Richfield Public Works said that residents can still access local businesses in the construction zones. The “Local Traffic Only” messages apply to both local residents and businesses.
Public Works has placed orange cones to direct traffic to alternate routes to access businesses.
The detour and alternate routes are as follows:
• Residents should use the detour route of Xerxes Avenue, Highway 62 and Cedar Avenue (Highway 77)
• Local traffic should follow the signed alternate routes to access 66th Street
• East Richfield alternate route – Bloomington Avenue, 70th Street and Portland Avenue
• West Richfield alternate route – Humboldt and Penn avenues, 69th Street and York Avenue
Senior Communications Specialist for Transportation of Hennepin County Colin Cox said businesses along the construction route are still accessible to Richfield residents.
“We understand construction like this is a hardship for residents and business,” Cox said. “[Construction] can be quite messy, but we are replacing outdated facilities and redoing the road so that there won’t be a redundancy of work within the next five years. While it may take a little longer, we’ve done all of the necessary repairs at once so to not disrupt traffic for years to come.”
Residents with questions regarding reconstruction of 66th Street can contact the 66th Street hotline at 612-444-3186 or email Hennepin County at [email protected]
Each week, Richfield Public Works posts an update video at richfieldsweetstreets.org/66th-street.
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