Douglas Dr Reconstruction On Schedule For End Of November Completion
June 23, 2017
Crews are on pace to complete road reconstruction of the Douglas Dr project corridor by the end of November 2017. To continue the progress, the project needed to push forward to the next stage before completing the previous stage. This has meant expanded construction zones and closures, which cause additional delays for motorists.
Reconstruction Starts Between Golden Valley Rd And Frontage Rd
On Tuesday, June 13, Douglas Dr was closed to through traffic from Golden Valley Rd to just north of the Frontage Rd as crews began reconstruction in the area. In addition, Golden Valley Rd from Florida Ave to the railroad underpass was closed to through traffic as well.
Currently, private utility companies are removing old, unused gas lines and are burying service lines underground. The work is being completed prior to water main and storm sewer work to help minimize delays and complete reconstruction of the area more efficiently. Work is expected to be complete by early July.
For the next couple of months, the work will be extensive. Crews will construct a new roundabout at the Golden Valley Rd intersection and replace underground utilities for water main and storm sewer to meet the latest environmental and health safety standards. They will also install new sidewalks and trails designed to better address community needs. Weather permitting, it is expected this section will be completed by the end of August.
Duluth St To Open By Mid-July
Eastbound lanes of Duluth Street are taking shape. Crews have paved the first two layers of pavement, installed curbs and cutters, and poured medians on eastbound lanes of Duluth St from Douglas Dr to Adair Ave. The focus now turns to driveway and sidewalk placement before final pavement striping and landscaping completes the road work.
Underground Utility Work Nears Completion
Over the past few months, more than 5,000 feet of new water main and storm sewer pipes were installed and connected to other pipes between Duluth St and Golden Valley Rd. In addition, private utility partners moved overhead service lines and placed them in the ground with new upgraded cables and lines. Crews will next shift focus to rebuilding and grading this segment of Douglas Dr to ensure a sturdy foundation for the new roadway, trails, and sidewalks. Rebuilding the roadway is expected to take around a month. During that time, crews will place and maintain gravel surfaces on Douglas Dr from Olympia St heading north to Duluth St for local traffic use by mid-July. Weather permitting, it is expected the entire segment will be completed with fully paved road surfaces by mid-August.
- Medicine Lake Rd to Duluth St: The City of Golden Valley will lead landscaping efforts to include new sod along the corridor and plants at the roundabout, medians, and around intersections.
- Duluth St to Golden Valley Rd: Storm sewers at St Croix Ave, Olympia St and Phoenix St are being removed and replaced this week. Grading work continues at the Bassett Creek box culvert between Phoenix St and Golden Valley Rd.
- Golden Valley Rd intersection to Frontage Rd: Unused gas lines and public utility lines are being relocated this week before road reconstruction begins. Water main work will begin at the intersection in early July.
Why Are Crews Building Up The Center Island Of Roundabouts?
Douglas Dr was designed to have two roundabouts – one at Sandburg Rd and the other at Golden Valley Rd. Roundabouts offer many benefits
over intersections controlled by traffic signals or stop signs, including safety and traffic flow benefits. The raised center islands in modern roundabouts keep the driver focused on the left line of sight for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians when driving into and through the roundabout. It also enhances a driver’s recognition of the upcoming roundabout and island.
The official detour for through traffic uses Duluth St (County Rd 66), Hwy 100, and Hwy 55. There are alternative routes for local traffic, including Winnetka Ave (County Rd 156), Medicine Lake Rd (County Rd 70), and the completed segments of Douglas Dr.
Using Metro Transit During Construction
As roads close and reopen over the next few months, Metro Transit riders will experience changes to their bus routes and see detours on Duluth St, Douglas Dr, and Golden Valley Rd. The construction team is working closely with Metro Transit to update bus stops and route detours throughout construction. The best way to stay updated is to visit Metro Transit’s website. Riders can also follow the instructions posted at the bus stops or contact the Metro Transit hotline at 612-373-3333.
For More Information
Get additional updates, including the latest information on schedules, detour routes, and construction activities.
Project Website (project status throughout the course of the project)
Project Email Address (get answers to questions during construction)
Project Hotline: 612-543-3485