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 began in Spring 2018 to complete the reconstruction project.

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Construction update

Douglas Drive reconstruction almost complete

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 since this spring completing many of the final tasks to include concrete work, sod replacement and striping permanent traffic lanes.

With the almost all of the final tasks complete, crews will focus on final cleanup of the corridor.

Douglas Drive improvements

This corridor was reconstructed to improve connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. The result is 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

Project information

Reconstruction of Douglas Drive in Golden Valley is complete. 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 was reconstructed to improve connectivity, function, safety and aesthetics. The result is 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.

General information about roundabouts (PDF)

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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