Douglas Drive reconstruction

County Road 102 in Golden Valley

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Golden Valley, completed reconstruction on this nearly two-mile stretch of Douglas Drive between Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70) and Highway 55, as well as reconstruction of Duluth Street (County Road 66) between Douglas Drive and Adair Avenue,

Reconstruction began in summer 2016. The project reached completion in 2018.

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Douglas Drive improvements

Features of the new Douglas Drive corridor

This project updated several aging infrastructure components in the area in addition to improving connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. These new features include:

  • New pavement for a smoother ride
  • New sidewalks and trails, as well as safer crosswalks and trail crossings
  • Improved accessibility for people with disabilities
  • New street lighting for better visibility
  • Dedicated bike lanes
  • New roundabouts to improve traffic flow and safety for all users
  • Updated utility services
  • Improved storm water management, including a new culvert for Bassett Creek

The result is a safer and more efficient road for people driving, biking and walking.

Douglas Drive roundabout

New roundabout at the intersection of Sandburg Lane and Douglas Drive

New road configuration

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

Railroad crossing

Paved trail open

In early December, Union Pacific, in coordination with Hennepin County, installed a temporary trail crossing along the northbound lanes of Douglas Drive just north of Frontage Road.

The southbound trail at the railroad crossing will remain closed until Union Pacific completes their permanent crossing work in 2019.

Public involvement

Previous events

Construction open houses

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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