Progress continues on Douglas Drive and Duluth Street
The Douglas Drive reconstruction project is currently on schedule. While unforeseen challenges like weather can quickly change that, the project is continuing to move forward. You will see new construction activities beginning, impacting traffic, and current activities nearing completion.
Final stages of road work to begin on Duluth Street
With storm sewer work wrapping up, crews are preparing the soil for subgrade work along eastbound lanes of Duluth Street. The subgrade is a critical structural element of the roadway. Like a foundation for a home, they are the support system for all the layers above.
Once complete, sand and gravel from recycled concrete and pavement will be layered. New curbs and sidewalks will be poured afterwards before pavement is poured. Crews will finish the work by installing medians and striping road lines before reopening the road.
Eastbound lanes of Duluth Street are anticipated to be reopen around the first week of June.
Sidewalk and median installation underway
A concrete finisher brooms the sidewalk surface, which will provide pedestrians a durable, high-traction surface.
New sidewalks are being installed along southbound lanes of Douglas Drive from Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70) to Duluth Street (County Road 66). This work is being completed to provide pedestrian and bike access along both sides of road throughout the Douglas Drive project area.
Medians are also being placed from Duluth Street to just past Sandburg Drive.
Crews groove the median concrete as part of the overall aesthetic improvements being made for the Douglas Drive project.
Sidewalk and median work is anticipated to be complete by next week.
Traffic signal work begins on Duluth Street and Medicine Lake Road
Traffic signal systems are being installed at the Douglas Drive intersections at Duluth Street and Medicine Lake Road. The new system will feature improvements for pedestrians, like walk signal push-buttons better adjusted to accommodate pedestrians with disabilities.
Work on the signal system is expected to continue on for the next three weeks.
Temporary water lines active
Temporary water lines are active in the construction zone on Douglas Drive. Residents in the work area will see temporary water lines. All temporary water services are tested and provide the same, safe water to homes that is provided through the permanent water system. The only difference are the pipes the water travels through and a slight change in water pressure.
If you notice a leak in the pipes, please contact construction leads, Dale Paulson at 612-462-7686 or Robert Skarset at 612-282-8440, immediately. You can also contact the City of Golden Valley at 763-593-8038 or 8030. After hours, you can contact the construction leads or the City of Golden Valley dispatch by dialing 911.
Expect short-term water shut offs
Crews are continuing watermain work throughout the month of May. They will be working on Phoenix Street and St. Croix Avenue. Each street will be completed one at a time, and will follow one after another. Please be aware that water running to residences and businesses will be shut off while work is occurring. These shutoffs are typically limited to a maximum of four hours. Residents will be notified in advance before their water service is shut-off.
While it is an inconvenience, this is a necessary step as county collaborates with cities and utility companies to update utilities in and around the area as part of the reconstruction project.
Railroad crossing work starts April 25
Starting Monday, April 25, crews will be installing sewer pipes underneath the railroad crossing just north of Hampshire Place using a method called jack and bore. Crews will drill a hole underground horizontally to pass a steel casing pipe through without disturbing the rail crossing surface above.
Residents and businesses near the crossing should expect noise and slight vibrations. The work is expected to last until mid-May.
Dust, noise and vibrations in the construction area
Crews will be using large construction equipment throughout construction, creating dust, noise and slight vibrations. Dust, noise and vibrations are a normal part of a construction project.
The project team is working in accordance with noise ordinances set by the City of Golden Valley. The team also has a vibration control plan to make sure that vibrations stay within standard acceptable limits. Dust is being monitored and controlled in order to keep levels at a minimum.
If you have concerns or questions about noise and/or vibrations, please contact the project at 612-543-3485.