Douglas Drive reconstruction

County Road 102 in Golden Valley

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Golden Valley, completed major reconstruction of Douglas Drive (County Road 102) between Highway 55 and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70). Reconstruction work began in July 2016 and all major construction activities was completed in December 2017.

Minor construction activities will begin in Spring 2018 to complete the reconstruction project.

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Construction update

Project nearing completion

For many travelling through the area, Douglas Drive operates like a fully reconstructed road. The road is open; paths are walkable and rideable; and lighting and signals are operating. However, crews have been on site for the past few months working toward completing many of the final tasks. 

During the next month, crews should be drawing the project to a close with these final activities:

Landscaping and streetscaping (completed by the City of Golden Valley) 
Installing the remaining pedestrian push buttons at the Frontage Road and Highway 55 intersections
Completing minor underground utility work on Highway 55 
Pouring concrete curbs and medians work on Highway 55 

Construction activities to impact traffic on Highway 55 starting week of May 28

With the finishing work, we will need to close some lanes on Highway 55 at the Douglas Drive intersection starting later in the week

The closures include:

  • One lane of traffic approaching the intersections from both directions
  • Left turn lane from westbound Highway 55 to the Olson Highway Service Road
  • One of the eastbound left turn lanes onto Douglas Drive

Westbound traffic to the Olson Highway Service Road south of Highway 55 will be detoured using Glenwood Avenue (County Road 40).

Signage will help guide people driving through the area. 

Weather permitting, we expect to complete the work and reopen all lanes in one week.

Expect minor traffic impacts

These final tasks should not require full closures. However, people driving, walking and biking through the area should expect some minor traffic impacts at times. The final activities are expected to be completed by summer.

CenterPoint Energy's Belt Line project

CenterPoint Energy crews will be active near Douglas Drive replacing existing natural gas pipelines as part of their Belt Line utility project. More information is available on their project website.

Douglas Drive improvements

This corridor is being reconstructed to improve connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. The result will create a safer and more efficient road for people driving, biking and walking.

New roadway

Newly reconstructed Douglas Drive with paved trails, sidewalks and widened curbs, as well as redesigned traffic lanes with shared turn lanes

New culvert on Douglas Drive located north of the Golden Valley Road roundabout

New sidewalk and bike curbs

New sidewalks with a boulevard buffer, and extended curbs designed as a dedicated bike lane

Detours, closures and travel considerations

Douglas Drive open to through traffic

Access to businesses

As activities continue near business areas, we remind people that access is being maintained to all local businesses. You will continue to be able to access local businesses, residences, and employers.

Staying safe

It is important to follow reduced posted speed limits to help you navigate through the work zone. Traffic changes, construction crews and work zones near the roadway will demand extra attention from road users, so allow yourself some extra time to reach destinations in the area.

Project information

We are nearing completion of Douglas Drive in Golden Valley. In 2016 and 2017, crews reconstructed a majority of the two-mile stretch of Douglas Drive between Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70) and Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55).

This corridor is being reconstructed to improve connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. The result will create a safer and more efficient road for people driving, biking and walking.

Douglas Drive improvements

  • New pavement for a smoother ride 
  • New sidewalks and trails with a boulevard buffer along both sides of the road
  • Improved accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Safer pedestrian crosswalks and trail crossings
  • New street lighting for better visibility
  • Widened curbs for people biking
  • New roundabouts to improve traffic flow and safety for all users

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.

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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