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 follow in 2018 to complete the reconstruction project.

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Closures and traffic access

Douglas Drive open to through traffic

Douglas Drive is now open to through traffic. We hope you enjoy the newly-reconstructed road which offers:

  • Improved driving surfaces
  • Relocated utilities
  • Additional turn lanes
  • Redesigned intersections 
  • New streetlights and landscaping
  • New roundabouts at Sandburg Lane and Golden Valley Road

It also offers improvements for people walking and biking with new sidewalks, trails and widened curbs for bike lanes.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to reconstruct and improve this important route. 

Current work

Some work activity to resume in 2018

Construction activities are complete for 2017. We will be back in 2018 to finish various short-term projects such as:

  • Union Pacific railroad crossing reconstruction 
  • pouring sidewalks in certain areas
  • adding streetscapes
  • landscaping
  • grinding in permanent striping

Learn more

The Douglas Drive project team reconstructed nearly two miles of Douglas Drive between Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70) and Olson Memorial Highway. 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 was done in partnership with the City of Golden Valley and the new Douglas Drive features:

  • 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

The project team will return in 2018 to complete various short-term projects.

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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