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

Duluth Street to Golden Valley Road

Sidewalk work nearing completion

During the week of October 11, crews are expected finish pouring the remainder of the sidewalks along the southbound lanes of Douglas Drive (County Road 102) between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Golden Valley Road.

Once completed, this segment of road will feature sidewalks along the southbound lanes and shared pedestrian and bicycle trails along northbound lanes.

Road to close for final paving late next week

Starting Thursday, October 19, weather permitting, Douglas Drive will close between Duluth Street and Golden Valley Road to pave the final layer of asphalt, or wear course.

Once paving is complete, the road will reopen to traffic as crews continue to work on:

  • Installing new street light fixtures
  • Placing top soil and sod
  • Striping the roadway
  • Completing touch-up and clean-up work to prepare the road for winter travel

Paving is expected to take up to two days. Start and end dates are weather permitting.

Local access

Local residents on Douglas Drive will be notified of the work with instructions on access during paving operations.

Expect noise and vibrations

Residents and businesses in the area should also be aware that this work will be noisy, and there will be vibrations. Paving is loud and involves a lot of truck operations. The vibrating roller used to smooth out and compact the pavement often shakes the ground.

Use the detour during paving

All traffic should use the marked detour that follows Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55), Highway 100 and Duluth Street (County Road 66) during paving operations.

Golden Valley Road intersection to Frontage Road

Golden Valley Road roundabout open to traffic

Recently, the first two layers of asphalt at the Golden Valley Road roundabout was paved, and the roundabout fully opened to traffic. There will be one short-term closure when final paving and striping happens in the area.

Trail paving begins

Starting Friday, October 13, weather permitting, crews will pave pedestrian and bicycle trails along both sides of Douglas Drive between Golden Valley and Frontage roads. 

The Luce Line Trail connection will continue to be available for trail users during this work.

Frontage Road to Highway 55

Underground utility work continues

Since early October, crews have made progress removing and replacing underground utility lines.

Underground utility work, which includes watermain and storm sewer lines, is expected to be complete by the end of next week, weather permitting.

Grading work will follow.

Country Club Drive

During the first week of October, crews poured new curbs and gutters, and paved the first layer of asphalt on the new cul-de-sac, as well as the entry and exit access points at the eastern end of the drive.

However, the road will remain closed to through traffic as crews continue with work on:

  • Paving the wear, or final, layer
  • Striping the roadway
  • Pouring sidewalks along both sides of Country Club Drive
  • Pouring medians at the entry and exit access points
  • Placing sod along the boulevard
  • Completing touch-up and clean-up work to prepare the road for winter travel

Weather permitting, the entry and access points to and from Highway 55 will open by late October/early November.

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

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).

Detour

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.

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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