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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.
All mainline utilities (watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer) in Phase 1 are completed. The road crew has subcut the road and placed the drain tile, sand and gravel thru the 2nd Avenue NW intersection. The curb and gutter has been placed east of Central Avenue to the west side of 1st Avenue N.W. with sidewalk construction starting on the south side of the roadway moving towards 1st Avenue N.W. The contractor has started there electrical work for the street lighting in that same block as well the signal system interconnect from TH 21 to Irving Avenue. Milling of the existing bituminous has been completed on the first block of Phase 2 between 3rd Avenue N.W. and 4th Avenue N.W. Installation of the new hydrant and water shut-off valve in the northwest corner of 4th Avenue N.W. was completed to accommodate temporary water service for Phase 2 utility construction.
The contractor will continue to subcut the road, place drain tile, sand, gravel, concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk and signal work to 3rd Avenue N.W. It is anticipated the 2nd Avenue N.W. intersection will be opened to traffic Tuesday, June 11 for the Heritage Days Festival. Phase 2 will begin between 3rd Avenue N.W. and 4th Avenue N.W. with removals of the existing roadway, curb and gutter, sidewalk and existing lighting. Once removals are complete the same crew will start sanitary sewer construction.
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 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 intersection of TH 60 (4th St NW) and Central Avenue is currently closed to allow for concrete curb, sidewalk and signal work to start. A reminder that when the intersection is closed, 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 page 3 of attached map for more details).
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.
The Contractor’s updated schedule indicates that work will begin to progress into Phase 2 on Wednesday, June 5th. The initial work on Phase 2 will be between 3rd Avenue NW and 4th Avenue NW and TH 60 (4th Street) will be closed to traffic between 4th Avenue NW and Central Avenue NW. See the maps to the right for depictions of closed roads and accesses. The 4th Avenue NW intersection will be open to traffic with a gravel surface and the stop lights will be set to flashing red until such time as they are removed. The intersection of 4th Avenue NW and TH 60 will be open as much as construction operations allow.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or to Glenn Cunningham, senior engineering technician, at either 507.333.0366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.