Major Reconstruction Activities On Douglas Dr Nearing End
October 30, 2017
Over the next six weeks, crews will begin wrapping up construction in key areas of the Douglas Dr (County Rd 102) reconstruction project. Crews will continue to work hard to get Douglas Dr fully reopened between Duluth St (County Rd 66) and Hwy 55. The goal is to have it opened by early December.
This later date allows crews to significantly complete the reconstruction project and reopen all of Douglas Dr with a paved surface. It also reduces the amount of supplemental work, such as final paving, striping, and landscaping, on Douglas Dr in 2018.
Duluth St to Frontage Rd
Last week, crews reopened Douglas Dr between Duluth and Olympia Streets. Temporary striping was painted along this segment of road. Crews will return in 2018 to place permanent striping.
Starting the second week of November, weather permitting, crews will begin paving the final layer of asphalt, or wear course, on Douglas Dr between Olympia St and Frontage Rd.
To pave the wear course, crews will need to close this segment of road, including Golden Valley Rd between Florida Ave and the Union Pacific railroad underpass, for approximately four days.
During the closure, Douglas Dr between Frontage Rd and Hwy 55 will reopen for people to get to their homes or businesses in the area. During this time, traffic changes will require your extra attention. Stay alert and do not exceed speed limits.
Paving work, weather permitting, is expected to take up to four days. Temporary striping work will follow. The road is expected to be fully reopened by early December.
Through traffic should continue to use the marked detour that follows Hwy 55, Hwy 100, and Duluth St.
Frontage Rd to Hwy 55
This week, crews are wrapping up soil improvement work, or subcutting, on Douglas Dr between Frontage Rd and Hwy 55.
Subcutting is a soil correction procedure that removes the poor soil beneath a roadway and replaces it with sand. The sand is then spread evenly and compacted to ensure a sturdy foundation for the new roadway.
Once the soil improvement work is completed, concrete and paving work will follow for the next month.
Next week, crews will begin pouring new curbs and gutters to begin building the new roadway. First, forms will be constructed to outline where the curbs and gutters will be poured. Then, crews will pour the concrete and let it cure. Curing time gives new concrete the strength needed to support traffic.
When curb and gutter work is completed, the first two layers of asphalt will be paved. Weather permitting, paving is expected to begin in early November and take up to two days to complete. Temporary striping will then be placed before reopening this segment of road to traffic.
Country Club Dr
Last week, crews paved the new cul-de-sac as well as the entry and exit access points at the eastern end of the street. Starting early November, crews will pave the final layer of asphalt on the east end of Country Club Dr. Once paving is completed, striping work will follow.
Weather permitting, this work is expected to take up to two days to complete. When done, the east end of Country Club Dr will reopen to traffic.
Once paving is completed, crews will continue to work along the road with boulevard landscaping and pouring new sidewalks this year, 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.
Project Website (project status throughout the course of the project)
Project Email Address (get answers to questions during construction)
Project Hotline: 612-543-3485