Douglas Drive (County Road 102) reconstruction

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 June 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in 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

November, 2016 

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

Looking north on Douglas Drive from Sandburg Road

The first layer of pavement is down on Douglas Drive between Sandburg Road and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70), and crews remain on schedule to complete work between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Medicine Lake Road this year.

The first phase of the newly reconstructed Douglas Drive is expected to open to all traffic between Duluth Street and Medicine Lake Road by mid to late December. This is later than previously expected due to a wet summer and early fall, but will allow crews to finish this portion of the project entirely and prevent the need for additional closures of this section in 2017. This work is weather dependent.

Work over the winter will include installing a new box culvert and improving the Honeywell pond. Starting Spring 2017, crews will begin the second phase of the project, which includes the section of road between Golden Valley Road and Duluth Street. 

Recently completed work:

  • First round of paving between Sandburg Road and Medicine Lake Road 
  • Replacement of all underground sewer and watermain pipes between Duluth Street and Medicine Lake Road
  • Constructing the first of two new retaining walls on this section of Douglas Drive
  • Installing curbs and gutters, including the new concrete in-street bicycle lanes between Sandburg and Medicine Lake roads
  • Constructing the roundabout at Sandburg Road
  • The reconstruction of westbound lanes on Duluth Street between Douglas Drive and Adair Avenue North

Ongoing and soon-to-be-completed work:

  • Installing sidewalk and the new off-street trail
  • Paving the roadway between Sandburg Road and Duluth Street
  • Installing new street lighting
  • Preparing for landscaping and planting in 2017
  • Replacing and relocating telecommunications and electrical utilities

Detours and road closures

Douglas Drive (County Road 102) is closed to through traffic between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70).  

Detour route

The detour for motorists uses Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55), Winnetka Avenue (County Road 156) and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70). This detour will be in effect until sometime this fall.  

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 use local streets instead.



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

Project background

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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