Current Projects Status

Lane Closures Starting on Oak Avenue --

​Owatonna, Minn. – Construction on Oak Avenue is scheduled to begin Monday, September 16. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction from 13th Street to Main Street. Intersections to side streets will be closed. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

The work is part of a two-year construction project expected to be completed by the end of summer in 2020. During the 2019 construction season, the project will rehabilitate the concrete pavement on both Rose Street from Hoffman Drive to Willow Avenue and on Oak Avenue from Holly Street to Rose Street. Traffic signals will be modified and signals at the Oak Avenue intersections of Vine Street and McKinley Street will be removed. A pedestrian signal system will be installed at the intersection of Oak Avenue and School Street. Oak Avenue will be reconfigured from four lanes of traffic to three lanes of traffic with one lane in each direction and a left turn lane in the center. All dates are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Steele County advises motorists to drive with caution and slow down through work zones for their safety and for the safety of the construction crews. For updates on this or other Steele County Highway construction projects, visit: www.co.steele.mn.us/divisions/public_works/transportation/construction_projects.php

2019 Street & Utility – 

 LEC Parking Lot – All but one section of curbing has been poured, along with the Elm Avenue driveway. The contractor has begun to put the finish grade on the East side.

Lewis Dr NW – The storm sewer has been completed. The subbase removal and replacement will be completed soon.

West Hills Tennis Center Parking Lot – The final lift was paved on Monday. The plants of the rain garden were planted on Tuesday. 

Allan Ave Sidewalk Project – The sidewalk project is complete.

Concrete Streets Project - Roadway and shoulders are complete. Streets are open to traffic and there is access to all businesses. Ditch cleaning and culverts have yet to be completed.

Timber Ridge Ln NE Curb & Gutter Project – Paving was completed last Saturday. The contractor is finishing up grading the topsoil and should be hydro-seeded early next week.

2019 CIPPS Project – All sewer pipe linings have been installed, except one. Which will be taken care of at a later date.

2019 Miscellaneous– Miscellaneous catch basin repair is being done in various locations throughout the city.

Rose Street Detour Begins August 20, Oak Ave Construction Begins Early SeptemberRose Street, Oak Ave Rd Construction

Owatonna, Minn. – A construction project will begin on two major thoroughfares through Owatonna -- Rose Street and Oak Avenue. Work will begin August 20 on Rose Street and then early September on Oak Avenue. 

Rose Street (County Highway 19) from Hoffman Drive to Willow Avenue will be closed to westbound traffic starting August 20. Westbound traffic will be detoured using Willow Avenue, Vine Street, Oak Ave, and Hoffman Drive. Side streets crossing Rose Street will be closed at Rose Street with northbound traffic permitted to take right turns only. Grove Avenue and Cedar Avenue will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic. No parking will be permitted on Rose Street during the project. 

Work in the westbound lane of Rose Street is expected to last about a month, then the road closure and detour will be reversed. Construction on Oak Avenue (County Highway 45) will be done under traffic with lane closures. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction on Oak Avenue. Motorists should expect delays. 

The work is part of a two-year construction project expected to be completed by the end of summer in 2020. During the 2019 construction season, the project will rehabilitate the concrete pavement on both Rose Street from Hoffman Drive to Willow Avenue and on Oak Avenue from Holly Street to Rose Street. Traffic signals will be modified and signals at the Oak Avenue intersections of Vine Street and McKinley Street will be removed. A pedestrian signal system will be installed at the intersection of Oak Avenue and School Street. Oak Avenue will be reconfigured from four lanes of traffic to three lanes of traffic with one lane in each direction and a left turn lane in the center. 

During the 2020 construction season, a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Rose Street and Grove Avenue, pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed throughout the project to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and work on the city sanitary sewer will be completed on Rose Street. 

All dates are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Steele County advises motorists to drive with caution and slow down through work zones for their safety and for the safety of the construction crews. 

For updates on this or other Steele County Highway construction projects, visit: www.co.steele.mn.us/divisions/public_works/transportation/construction_projects.php 

Rose Street Detour