Streetscape improvements continue
Streetscape improvements are nearing completion on last year’s reconstruction from Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70) to Duluth Street (County Road 66).
Crews have finished pouring sidewalks and medians, as well as installed new street light fixtures. Also, traffic signal system installations at the Douglas Drive intersections at Duluth Street and Medicine Lake Road are almost complete. The new system will feature accessible signals to accommodate pedestrians with disabilities
Beginning in mid-June, the City of Golden Valley will begin landscaping along Douglas Drive from Medicine Lake Road to Duluth Street.
New street lights along Douglas Drive from Duluth Street to Medicine Lake Road were installed as part of the City of Golden Valley's overall streetscape improvements.
All of Duluth Street to be open by mid-July
Eastbound lanes of Duluth Street are taking shape as crews made significant progress the past few weeks. They paved the first two layers of pavement, installed curbs and cutters, and place medians on eastbound lanes of Duluth Street from Douglas Drive to Adair Avenue.
The focus now turns to:
- Paving trails, sidewalks and driveways
- Paving the final roadway surface
- Shaping top soil for sod placement
- Painting pavement lines and markings
Framework for new driveway entrances have been built along Duluth Street. Crews will begin pouring in driveways, as well as sidewalks and trails, before finalizing work by mid-July.
Underground utility work nearing completion
Douglas Drive has been a busy site between Duluth Street and Golden Valley Road over the past two months, as more than 5,000 feet of new watermain and storm sewer pipes were installed and connected to other pipes. And, private utility partners have been removing overhead service lines and placing them in the ground with new upgraded cables and lines.
Crews are finishing underground utility work and will shift their focus on rebuilding and grading this segment of Douglas Drive to ensure a sturdy foundation for the new roadway, trails and sidewalks. Rebuilding the roadway is anticipated to take around a month.
During that time, crews will place and maintain gravel surfaces on Douglas Drive from Olympia Street heading north to Duluth Street for local traffic use by mid-July.
Weather permitting, we expect to complete the entire segment with fully paved road surfaces by mid-August.
Utility work progresses on Golden Valley Road intersection
Currently, private utility companies are removing old, unused gas lines and are burying their service lines underground. The work is being completed prior to watermain and storm sewer work. This will help minimize delays and complete reconstruction of the area more efficiently. We anticipate private utility work to be complete by early July.
For the next couple of months, the work will be extensive. A new roundabout will be constructed at the Golden Valley Road intersection. Crews will also replace underground utilities for watermain and storm sewer to meet the latest environmental and health safety standards. New sidewalks and trails designed to better address community needs will be installed.
Weather permitting, we anticipate completing this section by the end of August.
A Public utility crew member uses a vacuum excavator to break up soil to find underground utilities without damaging other buried utility lines.
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.