Photos by John R. Stone

Pictured: While two backhoes from J&J Excavating in the foreground worked on a sanitary sewer connections to a nearby home, backhoes from Central Specialties Inc. in the background worked on storm sewer installation Friday. The bulk of the underground utility work for Stage 3a

has been completed meaning concrete work could start later this week.


By John R. Stone

Contributing reporter

With utility work mostly done on TH28 east in Starbuck, work will begin this week on shaping the street so that concrete work can be started later this week as part of the Starbuck Complete Streets project.

Last week workers completed installing sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines along the street between Teigen Street and Abercrombie Street as part of Stage 3a of the project.

Concrete work will include curb, sidewalks, multi-use path on the south side of the highway and bases for nearly 30 streetlights.

The work means that TH28 east of the intersection of TH28, 29 and 114 remains closed to Teigen Street.

The detour for westbound traffic on TH28 is to take CSAH24 just west of Glenwood to TH114 and then south to Starbuck. Eastbound traffic should take TH114 north from Starbuck to CSAH24 then east to its intersection with TH28,29 just west of Glenwood.

The truck detour for Highway 28 traffic remains either CR 1 south to CSAH 18 to TH 104 or CR3 north to CR24 to either TH114 or TH28-29.

Last week work concentrated on the box culvert crossing TH28 at Abercrombie Street. It will be replaced with a 48” cement storm sewer pipe. It’s size and construction made it a time consuming project.

Work on TH28 east includes the removal of bituminous, curb, gutter and sidewalks, replacement of some sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines and replacement of curb, gutter and sidewalks and bituminous from Abercrombie Street to Teigen Street.

During Stage 3a access to the Starbuck Medical Center Clinic, CHS, CENEX and Dollar General will be on East Depot Lane. Medical clinic traffic will go through the

South end of the CENEX property to the clinic parking lot.

Stage 3b will involve the same work from Abercrombie to the intersection of 28, 29 and 114 but will also include some water lines. That will be the end of the project at which time the final lifts of bituminous will be placed over the entire project.

Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.           

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