Those Richfield commuters who use Penn Avenue South through Southwest Minneapolis were greeted with some major changes to the street last Wednesday.
The first phase of road reconstruction closed thru traffic on Penn between West 54th and 60th streets, and remains closed at this time. However, all east/west cross-streets, including 60th and 54th streets, are open. In addition, businesses are also open through the construction.
According to the project's webpage, the project includes the removal and replacement of the pavement, curb and gutter, driveway aprons, and storm drain inlets, as well as signal upgrades. The project is expected to take the entirety of the 2013 construction season.
The following update was sent out by the Minneapolis Department of Public Works in an e-newsletter Friday:
SCHEDULE FOR WEEK OF MONDAY APRIL 15
- CenterPoint Energy will begin their gas main replacement
- Minneapolis Park Board will finish removing Ash trees between 60th and Mn-62 one day next week. Penn Ave will be partially closed to traffic between 60th and Mn62 while these trees are removed.
- Meyer Contracting will begin moving equipment on site and may begin roadway removals starting just north or 60th St and working north.
- Resconstruction of Penn Avenue in Southwest Minneapolis Begins Wednesday