Golden Valley Road over Bassett Creek

County Road 66 in Golden Valley

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Golden Valley, will replace a bridge on Golden Valley Road over Bassett Creek.

The century-old bridge, which is located just west of Theodore Wirth Parkway, will be reconstruction with design and functional improvements starting in spring 2018.

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Construction updates

Despite weather, crews keep on schedule and reach major milestone

Foundation work complete

During the weekend of August 4, crews successfully completed the concrete foundation for the new bridge on Golden Valley Road (County Road 66) over Bassett Creek.

Completing the bridge foundation was a major milestone because it was the most time-intensive step of this bridge reconstruction project.  

There were many tasks needed to get done in order to construct the foundation, including excavating, removing the existing bridge, testing and installing the foundation framework (pilings and footings) and pouring the foundation. 

Despite weather challenges, such as heavy rains this summer, crews have been able to keep the project on schedule.

Structural work underway; concrete archway installed

With the foundation work complete, crews began structural work earlier this week. On Tuesday, August 7, crews installed precast concrete arches which will allow Bassett Creek to flow under Golden Valley Road.

Concrete arch structure

The precast arches above is a concrete structure that is built offsite to specific requirements. After being delivered to the site, the segments are installed onto the foundation. This method of construction is cost effective and shortens construction time, while also providing the quality and durability needed for a new bridge.

 With the precast arch installation complete, crews will soon be backfilling the area with dirt in preparation for the roadway rebuilding. This work is expected to last up to a week to complete.

What to expect in the coming weeks

Road rebuilding begins soon

Once backfilling is completed, crews will begin building the new roadway. This work will include:

  • grading for the new roadway
  • pouring concrete curbs and gutters
  • pouring concrete sidewalks along both sides of the bridge
  • paving and striping the new roadway

In addition, crews will install ornamental railings on the new bridge as part of aesthetic improvements.

Weather permitting, we anticipate reopening the bridge to traffic on August 31.

Construction activities will continue after bridge reopens

Even after the bridge reopens to traffic, crews will work in the area for an additional month to complete final construction tasks to bring the project to a close. These tasks will include landscaping, paving the final layer of asphalt and final cleanup.

These activities will have minor impacts to traffic. However, during this time, we ask people driving, walking, biking and rolling to slow down and avoid where crews are working for everyone's safety.

Construction hours 

For the Golden Valley Road Bridge reconstruction, the construction hours are:

Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With construction projects, there are times where work could possibly end later than construction hours. Any construction work scheduled for after-hours will go through the proper approval process, and residents in the area will be notified.

Other projects nearby

CenterPoint Energy's Belt Line project in Golden Valley

CenterPoint Energy is also in the area replacing their natural gas system in Golden Valley. Anticipate traffic impacts in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary.

For more information about the project or to sign up for their weekly construction updates, please visit CenterPoint Energy's Golden Valley 2018 Belt Line Project.

You can also contact the project at 612-321-5369 or 612-321-5546.

Detours, closures and travel considerations

Bridge over Bassett Creek closed

On Monday, June 4, Golden Valley Road Bridge (County Road 66) over Bassett Creek closed for bridge replacement work. The bridge is expected to be closed until August 31.

Detour for people driving

Golden Valley Road is closed to through traffic. Due to the nature of the work area and other work in the area, all through traffic needs to use the detour below. Other roads are not designed for through access nor additional traffic. 

  • Golden Valley Road
  • Highway 100
  • Highway 55
  • Lyndale Avenue
  • West Broadway Avenue (County Road 81)

Golden Valley Road Bridge detour

Detour for people walking, biking and rolling

The following route is designed for people walking, biking and rolling in the area. It is not a detour for motor vehicles. 

  • Golden Valley Road
  • Bassett Creek Drive
  • Dresden Lane
  • Sochacki Park Trail
  • Bonnie Lane

Golden Valley Road bicycle and pedestrian detour

 Download a copy of the Golden Valley Road bicycle and pedestrian detour map

Project information

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Golden Valley, will replace a bridge on Golden Valley Road over Bassett Creek. Located just west of Theodore Wirth Parkway, the century-old bridge will be reconstructed with design and functional improvements, including:

  • New road surface offering a smoother ride
  • New modern design, including new ornamental railings along both sides of the bridge
  • Adaptable design to accommodate possible future upgrades for people walking and biking
  • Updates to meet current safety requirements

Public involvement

Hennepin County, in partnership with the City of Golden Valley and CenterPoint Energy, hosted a joint open house for Hennepin County's Golden Valley Road (County Road 66) Bridge over Bassett Creek reconstruction project and CenterPoint Energy's upcoming Belt Line project on March 15, 2018.

The open house focused on providing residents and businesses with information on the upcoming bridge reconstruction on Golden Valley Road, as well as CenterPoint Energy's activities in Golden Valley in 2018. More information is available on their project website.

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