On Monday, May 4, road construction begins in the city of Starbuck. The project includes resurfacing and reconstruction of Highways 28, 29 and 114 in the city of Starbuck, city utility replacements, sidewalk improvements and pedestrian accessibility upgrades.

Motorists will first encounter lane closures and short-term road closures on West First Street and Highway 29 south, as crews connect the new city utilities that were installed last year on First Street to the existing utility lines, as well as resurface West First Street. Once that work is completed, Highway 29 south will close to thru-traffic.

Construction will take place in three stages with changing detours on local roads. The first stage of construction will focus on Highway 29 south from the main intersection of Highway 28, 29 and 114 to West First Street. The detour will be Wollan Street and West First Street, and is expected to last until end of June. Emma Olson with the Minnesota Department of Treansportation office in Detroit Lakes told the KMRS Community Connection that the Complete Streets project will be patterned after a similar upgrade recently finished in Glenwood.

“Pretty much every urban setting, so a city setting you go through, we look at doing these Complete Streets projects, just to make sure everything is up to standards for ADA work, to have the appropriate lighting and working with the city to make sure that we’re meeting all of their community’s needs in terms of what they want for any types of extras that work for them,” said Olson.

Second stage construction will take place on Highway 28 from John Street to the main intersection; and Highway 114 from 10th Street to the main intersection. Depending on direction, traffic will be detoured to John Street, West Sixth Street, Abercrombie Street and East Eighth Street until August. The third stage of construction will take place on Highway 29 east of the main intersection to Teigen Street, with a detour to County Road 24 and Highway 114.

A truck detour will be in place until the completion of the project in October, as the local roads cannot safely accommodate the larger truck traffic. Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT crews will maintain social distancing practices while working. Central Specialties, Inc., of Alexandria was awarded the project with a bid of $7.6 million.

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