Work On Douglas Dr Continues South Of Duluth St

As work on Douglas Dr progresses, here’s what to expect in the coming week.

Duluth St To Golden Valley Rd

Last week, crews poured driveway aprons, curbs, and gutters and paved the first two layers of asphalt in this area. The section of road is open to local traffic only. Upcoming short-term closures for railroad crossing reconstruction, as well as final paving and striping, make it difficult to fully reopen this segment for through traffic.

Starting Monday, Sept 11, Canadian Pacific crews will reconstruct the railroad crossing on Douglas Dr (County Rd 102) just north of Olympia St. This work is expected to take approximately a week, weather permitting.

During construction, local traffic south of the crossing will not be able to use Douglas Dr to get to and from Duluth St (County Rd 66). Local traffic will need to use the official detour taking Hwy 55, Hwy 100, and Duluth St to navigate around the closure during that time.

Also starting Sept 11, crews will pour new sidewalks along the southbound lanes of Douglas Dr between Duluth St and Golden Valley Rd. Weather permitting, this work is expected to take up to a week to pour, cure, and allow the concrete to harden. Once the sidewalk work is completed, boulevard landscaping and streetscape work in the area will begin.

Golden Valley Rd To Frontage Rd

Subcutting operations are under way between the Golden Valley Rd intersection and Frontage Rd. Subcutting is a soil correction procedure that removes the poor soil beneath a roadway and replaces it with sand. The subcut is typically three feet below the surface of the new street.

Once sand is placed, it is spread evenly and compacted to increase density and provide extra strength for the future road. Aggregate (rocky mixture) from recycled pavement is then placed on top of the compacted sand. Grading work will follow before crews install new curbs, gutters, and pavement.

Subcutting operations are expected to continue through next week, weather permitting.

Country Club Dr

The week of Sept 11, grading work will begin at the cul-de-sac, as well as the entry and exit access points to Hwy 55 at the eastern end of the street, to provide a level base for paving asphalt and pouring concrete. Once completed, crews will pour new curbs, gutters, and a median between the access points. The project will wrap up this segment of road with new pavement in early October, weather permitting.

Work Zone Road Conditions

Please remember, throughout the work zone crews have removed pavement and are working with dirt. This means the roads will be more challenging to drive through. While we continue to try to keep things drivable, weather – especially heavy rains – can create challenges. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. If you have questions or concerns regarding the road conditions, please contact the project hotline at 612-543-3485.

Getting Around And Staying Safe

You can still travel around this area, including to get to local businesses. It’s important to follow speed limits and signs, and stay alert, including during evenings and weekends. Traffic changes, construction crews, equipment, and work areas near the roadway will require extra attention from road users.


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.

For More Information

Get additional updates, including the latest information on schedules, detour routes, and construction activities.

Douglas Dr Project History

Project Website (project status throughout the course of the project)

Project Email Address (get answers to questions during construction)

Project Hotline: 612-543-3485

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