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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Hwy. 60 Project - Week Two: Most existing concrete removed

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The City of Faribault and its project partners intend to send out and publish a weekly construction update on the Trunk Highway 60/4th Street NW Reconstruction Project. Below is Week One. To receive the newsletter, see instructions at the bottom of this post. 

Previous Week Review 4/13/19 to 4/19/19

The Contractor completed most of the concrete pavement, curb and gutter and sidewalk removals between Central Avenue and 3rd Avenue. Some sidewalk has been left in place to facilitate pedestrian access to business, see attached map for sidewalk closure locations. Existing street lights and the traffic signal system at 4th St NW and 2nd Week 1 4-12-19[1]Avenue NW were also removed. Temporary water has been set up between Central Avenue and 2nd Avenue. Once testing is complete on the temporary water system the Contractor will begin to connect the necessary properties to the temp water system. If your property needs temporary water service, the Contractor or their representative may need to access your property to set up the temporary water connection. Unfortunately, the large rain event on April 17th delayed the start of sanitary sewer replacement work.

Next Week Look Ahead 4/20/19 to 5/3/19

The Contractor is scheduled to complete the temporary water system installation and connecting remaining properties. Sanitary sewer replacement work is scheduled to commence again on Monday, April 22nd starting at Central Avenue and progressing west. During this time there should be no anticipated impacts to your water usage unless the Contractor contacts you otherwise.

General Traffic Control/Detour Notes 

During the duration of the entire project and through the entire project limits which extend from Lyndale Avenue/TH 21 on the west end to Central Avenue on the east end, through traffic will be detoured off TH 60 and rerouted along 2nd Avenue NW, TH 3/20th Street NW and TH 21 (see detour map link above).  Portions of TH 60/4th Street NW within the project limits may be signed “Road Open to Local Traffic or Road Closed to Thru Traffic” or something similar.  Please keep in mind that “local traffic/access” is defined as having direct access on TH 60, or having business with someone or a business who has direct access on TH 60.  If you do not fall into either of these two categories, you should not be on TH 60 within the project limits at any time.  Travel on TH 60 within the project limits should take place only when there is no other possible alternative.  Also, please be respectful of private property and do not use private property to “short cut” the detour route.   

Pedestrian traffic will be maintained to the maximum extent practical to provide access to businesses and residents who have access to TH 60; however, other portions of sidewalk will be closed to facilitate construction work and those sidewalks will be detoured along an alternate pedestrian route (typically around the block).  Please review the link to the FAQ above for more information about access during construction. 

Phase 1 Access Notes: 

Phase 1 is under construction from Central Avenue to 3rd Avenue NW. At this time the intersections of Central Avenue and 3rd Avenue are open for local access. The intersections of 1st Avenue NW, 2nd Avenue NW and the alleyways between Central Avenue and 1st Avenue are closed. No unauthorized traffic is to enter the TH 60 roadway at these closed intersections. The traffic signal system at Central Avenue and TH 60 has been set to flashing red lights for the time being, eventually this intersection will be closed completely to allow for the installation of new utilities and replacement of the traffic signal system. The project team is also monitoring traffic/intersections around the project area and making traffic control changes as necessary. If your business is on or near the project limits and you need assistance with maps to post at your business or on your business website to direct traffic to/from your business, please contact the City Engineer.

About this update

The City of Faribault and its project partners intend to send out and publish a weekly construction update on the Trunk Highway 60/4th Street NW Reconstruction Project.  This weekly update will be issued through the City of Faribault Facebook page and the City’s website www.faribault.org  on the Project website http://www.ci.faribault.mn.us/549/2019-03-TH-60-Reconstruction.  You can sign up and receive an emailed PDF of the newsletter by submitting your email address to mduchene@ci.faribault.mn.us and requesting to be placed on the weekly TH 60 newsletter distribution list. You can also sign up for a text notification that will contain a link to the newsletter via the Faribault Chamber of Commerce by texting Faribault Hwy60 to 313131.  Questions about the contents of the weekly updates or about the project in general can be directed to Faribault City Engineer Mark DuChene at either 507.333.0360 or mduchene@ci.faribault.mn.us or to Glenn Cunningham, senior engineering technician, at either 507.333.0366 or gcunningham@ci.faribault.mn.us.   

Answers to many frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the project can be found here

The project is proposed to be completed in four main phases, and a copy of a map showing the project detour as well as project phasing and anticipated phasing timelines can be found here.

If there is a non-life threatening emergency within the construction limits (such as loss of water) outside of normal business hours, please call police dispatch at 507.334.4305 and they will contact the appropriate parties.  

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