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.

This project will create a safer and more efficient road for all users by adding turn lanes; improving sidewalks and adding trails; widening the right of way for shoulders and bike lanes; and redesigning certain intersections to improve traffic flow.

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Construction progress

December 2016

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!

Winter work 

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.

Winter detour

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.

 

Detours and road closures

Douglas Drive is currently open to all traffic between Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55) and Medicine Lake Road and work is complete for the year. A winter phase of construction and new detour will begin in early January 2017

New detour begins January 3

Starting January 3, Douglas Drive will close to through traffic between Duluth Street and Golden Valley Road. You will still be able to get to your home, favorite business or other destination within the closure, but if you are just passing through, you will need to follow the detour. There will be a hard closure at the creek crossing, as the road will be out and impassable.

Metro Transit bus routes on Douglas Drive will also be impacted. Bus riders should follow instructions posted at the bus stops or contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.

Douglas Drive will also be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. They are encouraged to use local streets instead.

The detour for Douglas Drive in 2017 follows Highway 55, Highway 100 and Duluth Street

Download a printable version of this detour graphic here (PDF)

Photos

The first layer of pavement is down on Douglas Drive from Sandburg Road to Medicine Lake Road

First layer of pavement on Douglas Drive: Sandburg looking north

Paving operations on Sandburg Road near Douglas Drive

Paving operations on Sandburg Road near Douglas Drive

Installing new curbs, gutters and in-street bike lane on the east side of Douglas Drive
Installing new curbs, gutters and in-street bike lanes on the east side of Douglas Drive 

Compacting Duluth Street to prepare for paving
Compacting Duluth Street to prepare for paving

Crews install a manhole cover for new sewer pipe on Douglas Drive
Crews install a manhole cover for new sewer pipe on Douglas Drive

A crew member cuts new sewer pipe to length
A crew member cuts new sewer pipe to length

Douglas Drive construction landscape
An overview of the phase one construction zone

Construction timeline

2016

  • Summer/Fall: Medicine Lake Road to Duluth Street, including a roundabout at Sandburg Road 
  • Winter 2016-17: Pond work and culvert reconstruction, including reconstruction of box culvert between Phoenix Street and Knoll Street, which will require a full closure of the road at the creek crossing

2017

  • Spring/Summer: Duluth Street to Golden Valley Road, including construction of roundabout at Golden Valley Road, signal system at Duluth Street and new railroad crossing
  • Summer: Golden Valley Road to Highway 55 Frontage Road, including new railroad crossing and new signal at Frontage Road
  • Fall: Highway 55 Frontage Road to Highway 55, including replacing the traffic signal at the Highway 55 and Douglas Drive intersection, which will require temporary lane closings

 

2017 staging plan

2017 construction stages

Download this staging graphic here (JPG)

Learn more

The Douglas Drive corridor project will reconstruct nearly two miles of Douglas Drive (County Road 102) between Olson Memorial Hwy (Highway 55) and Medicine Lake Rd (County Road 70) to improve 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

More information on the history of the project can be found on the City of Golden Valley website

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