Photo by John R. Stone

Pictured: Workers from Creative Curb were were bundled Friday up as they worked on a sidewalk portion by White Bear Lakes Insurance in Starbuck. Behind them will be the multi-use path which, on the TH28 segment, will be bituminous.

 

By John R. Stone

Contributing writer

Highway 28 in Starbuck may open to local traffic from Teigen Street to Abercrombie Street sometimes this week as Starbuck’s Complete Streets project nears its end.

Central Specialities Inc. hoped to get that open late last week but rain and cold weather stopped work on street approaches to Trunk Highway (TH) 28.

The area has its first lifts of bituminous, however, when it opens motorists need to be cautious because other subcontractors will be installing street lights, seeding disturbed areas and doing other work in the project area.

The detour for westbound through traffic on TH 28 is to take County State-Aid Highway (CSAH) 24 just west of Glenwood to TH 114 and then south to Starbuck. Eastbound traffic should take TH 114 north from Starbuck to CSAH 24 then east to its intersection with TH 28/29 just west of Glenwood.

Work will continue this week on the final leg of the project, Stage 3b, which is TH 28 from Abercrombie Street to the intersection of TH 28, 29 and 114.

The final part of the project will be putting the final lifts of bituminous throughout all stages of the project. Roadways will remain open but there will be lane closures in paving areas.

The truck detour for Highway 28 traffic remains either County Road (CR) 1 south to CSAH 18 to TH 104 or CR 3 north to CR 24 to either TH 114 or TH 28-29.

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

For more information and detour maps, and to sign up for project email updates, visit the project website: mndot.gov/d4/projects/starbuck.

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