Douglas Drive access to close at Highway 55 intersection
On Friday, September 29, crews will begin reconstructing Douglas Drive (County Road 102) between Frontage Road and Highway 55.
Work will include replacing underground utility lines, rebuilding the roadway and reconstructing the Frontage Road entrance and intersection.
As a result, access to and from Highway 55 will close until November. The schedule is subject to change due to weather.
Alternative access to open
Also, on Friday, September 29, Golden Valley Road at Douglas Drive will reopen to traffic.
Businesses south of Golden Valley Road can be accessed using Highway 55, Winnetka Avenue (County Road 156) and Golden Valley Road.
Closure to through traffic
Douglas Drive (County Road 102) is closed to through traffic between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Golden Valley Road. Access to this segment of roadway is for local traffic only and is anticipated to be completed by the end of August. 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).
Printable detour map (JPEG)
Golden Valley Road to Frontage Road closed to through traffic
On Tuesday, June 13, Douglas Drive closed to through traffic from Golden Valley Road to just north of the Frontage Road as crews began reconstruction in the area.
The work will be extensive as crews will construct a new roundabout at the Golden Valley Road intersection. They will also replace underground utilities for water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer to meet the latest environmental and health safety standards.
When dirt is back in place, they will rebuild curbs and gutters. New sidewalks and trails designed to better address community needs will be finished. Then, blacktop pavement will be added.
Alternate routes and signage will be provided for the businesses in the industrial park via the Frontage Road. All through traffic are encouraged to use the detour route that includes Highway 55, Highway 100 and Duluth Street (County Road 66).
Please anticipate heavy construction work and full road closures in this area until early September.
Southbound lanes between Frontage Road and Highway 55 closed
On Thursday, August 10, traffic will shift to the northbound lanes and be reduced to a single lane in each direction.
Vehicles, including large semi-truck trailers, will still have access to Frontage Road.
This new lane configuration is expected to be in place for a few months. Please allow for extra time to travel through the area.
Access for local traffic
The project team will be maintaining access for residents and businesses along the construction areas 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:
- A through lane for local traffic on Douglas Drive from Duluth Street to Knoll Street
- 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.
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.