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.

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Closures and traffic access

Douglas Drive open to through traffic

On November 14, crews finished paving Douglas Drive (County Road 102) between Duluth Street (County Road 66) and Highway 55. With this work, Douglas Drive is now open to through traffic.

However, people using Douglas Drive should expect some short-term delays for the remainder of this week, as crews will be removing construction related signage and painting temporary road stripes throughout the corridor. 

The traffic signals at Frontage Road intersection will be fully operational by early to mid-December. In the meantime, the Frontage Road intersection will temporarily be a four-way stop.

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

Metro Transit during construction

As a result of the Douglas Drive reconstruction project, there are changes to Metro Transit bus stops and route detours. By the end of November, all bus stops are expected to return to their normal locations.

The best way to stay updated on bus stop changes and route detours is to visit Metro Transit's rider alerts website at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts. Riders can also follow the instructions posted at the bus stops or contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.

Current work

Road improvement work to continue

For the remainder of 2017, you will see our crews continue to work on:

  • Installing new street light fixtures
  • Placing top soil and sod
  • Paving trails and pouring sidewalks 
  • Installing new traffic signals on Frontage Road and Highway 55
  • Completing touch-up and clean-up work to prepare the road for winter travel

This work will have minimal impact to traffic.

We will also be back in 2018 to finish various short-term projects, like pouring sidewalks in certain areas, adding streetscapes, landscaping and grinding in permanent striping.

Construction schedule

2017 schedule

Spring/Summer

  • Reconstruction of Duluth Street from Douglas Drive to Adair Avenue
  • Reconstruction of Douglas Drive from Duluth Street to Golden Valley Road. This includes a new signal system at Duluth Street and a new railroad crossing
  • Completion of pond work and culvert reconstruction, including reconstruction of box culvert between Phoenix Street and Golden Valley Road

Summer/Fall

  • Reconstruction of Douglas Drive from Golden Valley Road to Highway 55 Frontage Road. This includes a new roundabout at the Golden Valley Road intersection and a new signal system at the Highway 55 Frontage Road intersection

Fall

  • Reconstruction of Douglas Drive from Highway 55 Frontage Road to Highway 55. This includes a new signal system at the Highway 55 and Douglas Drive intersection, which will require temporary lane closings.

2017 staging plan

Timeline map

Download a printable version of this staging plan graphic here (JPG)

Learn more

The Douglas Drive corridor project will reconstruct nearly two miles of Douglas Drive between Olson Memorial Highway and Medicine Lake Road (County Road 70). 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 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
  • New roundabouts at Sandburg Lane and Golden Valley Road.

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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