Douglas Drive is now fully open to traffic between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70) and work on this phase of the project is complete for the year.
No major closures or detours are currently expected for this section of road in 2017, but we will be back in early spring for some finishing touches like filling in permanent sidewalk in certain areas, landscaping and adding a final layer of paving in some sections.
Westbound lanes on Duluth Street between Douglas Drive and Adair Avenue are also now reopen to traffic.
Thank you for your patience and understanding this year as we worked to improve Douglas Drive!
Starting January 3, Douglas Drive will close to traffic between Duluth Street and Golden Valley Road (just south of the current work area) so the next phase of construction can begin. The road will remain fully open to traffic between Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55) and Medicine Lake Road until then.
Over the winter, crews will remove and reconstruct the box culvert (passage for water beneath the roadway) at Basset Creek and make improvements to the Honeywell pond.
Winter is the ideal time for this work because there is less risk of unsafe conditions caused by rain and changing water levels, which can also cause major delays and setbacks for this type of work during the warmer months.
Also starting January 3, the new detour for Douglas Drive will begin. It follows Olson Memorial Highway, Highway 100 and Duluth Street. This detour will be in place throughout 2017 construction. Please find the detour map below.