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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Hwy. 60 Project - Week 23: Last block of utility work set to begin

An image of crews boring utilities below the railroad tracks.

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. To receive the newsletter, see instructions at the bottom of this post. 

Previous Week Review  9/14/19 - 9/20/19

Crews spent the past week focused on completing the drain tile, sand, gravel and curbing from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue. The watermain was also bored in under the railroad crossing and work continued on finishing up restoration and landscaping in the 400 & 500 blocks. Additional signage, pavement markings and striping and street lights were also installed as well as the traffic signal systems at Central Avenue, 4th Avenue NW and 2nd Avenue NW were placed into normal operations.

Next Week Look Ahead 9/21/2019-9/27/2019

Crews are scheduled start utility work in the 800 block which is the last block for underground utilities. Crews will also continue to prep for sidewalk and driveways in from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue and continue to install street lights. Bituminous paving west of the rail road tracks on TH 60 including the frontage road and 5th Street NW is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, September 24th & 28th.

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, thru 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.

For a full map of detours,  click here.  

Phase 1 (Central to Fourth) Access Notes: 

This area is open to traffic. All work is substantially complete.

Phase II (Fourth to Sixth) Access Notes:

This phase is open to traffic. Note that the manhole castings have been raised in anticipation of final paving so be careful when traveling through this area.

For a full map of detours and access maps, click here.

Phase III (Sixth to Irving) Access Notes:

4th St NW/TH 60 is now closed from 6th Avenue to Lincoln Avenue for Phase 3 & 4 construction, the intersection of Irving Avenue and TH 60 will be open for traffic crossing TH 60 only. Access to Affinity Plus Credit Union shall be from 5th St NW via the Lincoln Avenue & 5th Street NW intersection or from the Irving Avenue intersection on the south side of TH 60. Access to Auto Zone shall be from either Irving Avenue via Division Street or from Old 4th Street.

Traffic is permitted on the avenues 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.

For a full map of detours and access maps, click here.

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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