Douglas Drive reconstruction

County Road 102 in Golden Valley 

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Golden Valley, is reconstructing Douglas Drive (County Road 102) from Highway 55 to Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70). County reconstruction work began in July 2016 and is scheduled to be complete November 2017.

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Closures and traffic access

Closure to through traffic

 

Douglas Drive (County Road 102) is closed to through traffic between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Golden Valley Road. This segment of roadway is for local traffic only and is anticipated to be completed in early July. The purpose of this closure is to reconstruct the roadway and complete various utility improvements along the corridor.

 

For everyone's safety, please use the detour if your destination is outside the work area. The detour follows Duluth Street, Highway 100, and Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55).

 

The detour for Douglas Drive in 2017 follows Highway 55, Highway 100 and Duluth Street


Printable detour map (PDF)

 

Access for local traffic

 

The project team will be maintaining access for residents and businesses along the construction area of Douglas Drive and Duluth Street. They will provide signed detours for any closures and rerouting that are needed. In general, the following are expected:

  • On Duluth Street, one lane in each direction will be provided for vehicle traffic during the majority of the work.
  • On Douglas Drive near St. Croix Avenue, a through lane will be provided for businesses. Entry signage will be posted along side streets for businesses residing on Douglas Drive.
  • For apartment complexes and condominiums along Douglas Drive, access to side streets will be provided for residents. Entry signage will be posted along side streets to guide residents. Please note that the entry signage can move on a daily basis depending on where crews are working. 
  • At least one pedestrian access route will be maintained at all times, unless there are safety concerns.

It is important to follow the speed limits and signs, and stay alert in this area, including during evenings and weekends. Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment and work areas near the roadway will require extra attention from road users.

 

Work zone conditions

 

Please remember, throughout the work zone, we have removed pavement and are working with dirt. This means that roads will be more challenging to drive through. While we continue to try to keep things driveable, weather – especially heavy rains – can create challenges. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. If you have questions or concerns regarding the road conditions, please contact the project at 612-543-3485.

 

Metro Transit during construction

 

As a result of the Douglas Drive reconstruction project, there are changes to Metro Transit bus stops and route detours.

 

The best way to stay updated on bus stop changes and route detours is to visit Metro Transit's rider alerts website at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts. Riders can also follow the instructions posted at the bus stops or contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.

 

Current work

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. 

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.

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.

Construction schedule

2017 schedule

 

Spring/Summer

  • Reconstruction of Duluth Street from Douglas Drive to Adair Avenue.

  • Reconstruction of Douglas Drive from Duluth Street to Golden Valley Road. This includes a new signal system at Duluth Street, a roundabout at Golden Valley Road and a new railroad crossing.

  • Completion of pond work and culvert reconstruction, including reconstruction of box culvert between Phoenix Street and Knoll Street.    

Summer

  • Reconstruction of Douglas Drive from Golden Valley Road to Highway 55 Frontage Road. This includes a new signal system at the Frontage Road and a new railroad crossing.

Fall

  • Reconstruction of Douglas Drive from Highway 55 Frontage Road to Highway 55. This includes a new signal system at the Highway 55 and Douglas Drive intersection, which will require temporary lane closings.

 

2017 staging plan

 

2017 construction stages

 

Download a printable version of this staging plan graphic here (PDF)

Learn more

The Douglas Drive corridor project will reconstruct nearly two miles of Douglas Drive between Olson Memorial Highway and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70). This project will create a safer and more efficient road for all users by improving connectivity, traffic flow, pedestrian safety and aesthetics.

The 2016-17 reconstruction project will be done in partnership with the City of Golden Valley and will feature:

  • Additional turn lanes
  • Improved sidewalks
  • Redesigned intersections
  • Widened right-of-ways for shoulders and bike lanes
  • Relocated utilities
  • New streetlights and landscaping
  • New roundabouts at Sandburg Lane and Golden Valley Road.

Roundabouts are popular roadway improvements proven to increase safety and reduce delays. They are becoming more prevalent on Hennepin County roads and are growing in popularity.

Roundabouts reduce:

  • Traffic speeds
  • Allow multiple locations for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross
  • Increase visibility for all who use the road
  • Improve traffic flow

While roundabouts may seem narrow to many drivers, the lane widths are designed to accommodate all types of vehicles including trucks, emergency vehicles, school buses and snow plows.

More information on the history of the project can be found on the City of Golden Valley website.

Public involvement

Previous events

The City of Golden Valley, in partnership with Hennepin County, hosted an open house for the Douglas Drive reconstruction project on March 28, 2017. The open house focused on providing residents and businesses with information on the 2017 reconstruction from Duluth Street to Highway 55.

The City of Golden Valley, in partnership with Hennepin County, hosted an open house for the Douglas Drive reconstruction project on May 19, 2016. The open house focused on providing residents and businesses with information on the 2016 reconstruction from Medicine Lake Road to Duluth Street.

Related documents

General information about roundabouts (PDF)

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