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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Hwy. 60 Project - Week Seven: Mainline storm sewer about 50 percent complete

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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 5/18/19 to 5/24/19

The mainline watermain and sanitary sewer is installed through Phase 1 to 3rd Avenue NW and the mainline storm sewer is about 50 percent complete in phase one and is approaching the 2nd Avenue NW intersection. Individual property water and sewer services are continuing to be installed either in conjunction with the storm sewer installation or behind the storm sewer installation. The road crew has also started subcutting the road and placing the drain tile, sand and gravel for the road. The road crew started at Central Avenue and will be progressing west behind the utility crews.

Next Week Look Ahead 5/25/19 to 5/31/19

One underground utility crew will continue to work on constructing the mainline storm sewer to the west and they will be installing sewer and water services to the properties on the south side of the road as they approach them with the storm sewer work. The second utility crew will continue following behind the first utility crew, installing sewer and water services to the properties on the north side of the road as well as installing storm sewer lead pipe and catch basins. If the weather cooperates all underground utility work from Central Avenue through the 2nd Avenue NW intersection is scheduled to be completed next week. The contractor will continue subcutting the road and placing the drain tile, sand and gravel. A concrete crew is also scheduled to start next week setting up for curb and gutter to be poured.

General Traffic Control/Detour Notes Week 7 5-24-19[2] 3

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 below).  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 Week 5 5-10-19[2] 5Avenue 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 intersection of TH 60 (4th St NW) and Central Avenue will be closed on Friday, May 3 to remove the existing traffic signal system. The three or four parking stalls on each side of Central Avenue closest to 4th Street will be marked no parking and a U-Turn area set up to allow traffic to continue to utilize parking on both sides of Central Avenue (see graphic to right for visual, and click it for bigger viewing).  Once the signal system is removed the intersection will reopen with temporary stop signs for the weekend (May 4th and 5th) and then will close again on Monday, May 6th for the foreseeable future to accommodate work in the intersection. The Intersection may be open intermittently with a gravel surface as the sequence of work allows until it is finished. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Traffic is permitted on 1st Ave and 2nd Ave on both sides of TH 60 up to the construction project limits. On-street parking on the avenues is also open. 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.

Please see the attached TH 60-4th St NW Business Access Map for more information.

Phase II Notes:

The Contractor’s updated schedule indicates that work will begin to progress into Phase 2 (3rd Ave NW to 6th Ave NW) weather dependent likely the week of June 3. Phase 2 will initially be closed in smaller pieces to allow the utility crews to continue on with their work once they are finished in Phase 1. Look for more information in next week’s newsletter.

Attention Commercial Property Owners Along the Hwy. 60 Reconstruction Route:

See the below information about a new funding program available to help make site improvements to your property.

Highway 60 Reconstruction Project Commercial Site Improvement Program

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  on the Project website  You can sign up and receive an emailed PDF of the newsletter by submitting your email address to 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 or to Glenn Cunningham, senior engineering technician, at either 507.333.0366 or   

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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