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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Current work

The past few weeks have been heavy with rain, which creates challenges for construction. However, crews continue to make progress where they can.

Douglas Drive to Golden Valley Road

Concrete work resumes next week 

Next week, crews will begin pouring residential driveway aprons and curbs along side streets. As a result, residents and visitors should expect delays when exiting and entering driveways to apartments, condominiums and homes. 

The project will maintain access for residents in the immediate area. Signage will be provided to guide road users to their destination.

Paving rescheduled for Wednesday, August 30

Due to rain, paving between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Golden Valley Road has been delayed. It is now tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 30. Paving is expected to take two to three days, weather permitting.

Golden Valley Road to Frontage Road

Utility work continues

Utility work continues to lead construction activities in this area. Crews are continuing to make significant progress replacing and burying public and private utility service lines. 

This work will continue through mid-August. Once completed, crews will begin rebuilding the roadway for the new roundabout.

Road debris recycling continues

Road debris recycling also began the week of Monday, August 7, at Golden Valley Road, just north of the CenterPoint Energy building.

The asphalt and concrete removed during Douglas Drive reconstruction is crushed into gravel. The recycled material is then used as one of the underlying layers for new pavement. This recycling lowers costs and pollution, as recycled debris reduces the need to mine and transport new gravel to and from worksites.  

Recycling is expected to continue until mid-August.

Frontage Road to Highway 55

 

Storm sewer work nears completion

Storm sewer work between Frontage Road and Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55) is nearing completion. This work is expected to completed by late August, followed by road grading. Please allow for extra time to travel through the area.

Traffic configuration changes

As a result of this work, traffic is reduced to a single lane in each direction between Frontage Road and Highway 55. Vehicles, including large semi-truck trailers, will continue to have access to Frontage Road to get to Zane Avenue or Lilac Drive.

This new lane configuration is expected to be in place until the Golden Valley Road intersection is completed in early to mid-September. At that time, Douglas Drive between Frontage Road and Highway 55 will close to all traffic.

Country Club Drive reconstruction begins

On Thursday, August 10, crews began reconstruction at the intersection of Country Club Drive and Douglas Drive and at the right turn access point from Highway 55.

When complete, Country Club Drive will end at a cul-de-sac, and there will be enter and exit lanes for westbound Highway 55. As a result of this work, access points along the east end of Country Club Drive are closed until construction is completed.

Local access

For local residents and businesses in the immediate area, please use the marked detour taking Highway 55, Rhode Island Avenue and Country Club Drive. 

Construction of the new access points is expected to complete and reopen in mid-to-late September, weather permitting.

Construction look-ahead (August 18)

The following is a brief overview of work for the next few weeks.

Duluth Street to Golden Valley Road

  • Pouring driveway aprons
  • Paving the roadway
  • Grading bicycle and pedestrian trails along southbound lanes

Golden Valley Road to Frontage Road

  • Grading the soil for the new roundabout

Frontage Road to Highway 55

  • Replacing underground storm sewers

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.

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. 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).

Douglas Drive detour

Printable detour map (PDF)

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.

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 and a new railroad crossing
  • Completion of pond work and culvert reconstruction, including reconstruction of box culvert between Phoenix Street and Golden Valley Road

Summer/Fall

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

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

Timeline map

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

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.

What are the benefits of roundabouts?

Roundabouts offer many benefits over intersections controlled by traffic signals or stop signs, and are becoming more prevalent on Hennepin County roads and are growing in popularity.

Some of the ways that roundabouts offer benefits over controlled intersections are that it:

  • Lower traffic speeds
  • Improves traffic flow by promoting continuous flow of traffic
  • Shorter crosswalks for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Increases safety as traffic moves in only one direction, virtually eliminating the possibility for T-bone and head-on collisions

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.

Why are the center island of roundabout being built up?

The main reason why modern roundabouts have a raised center island is primarily for safety. The raised island keeps the driver's focus on the left line of sight for vehicles, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, when driving into and through the roundabout. It also enhances a driver’s recognition of the upcoming roundabout and island.

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.

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