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Public Works - Engineering Updates

Jul 02

City Engineer Updates 7-3-2020

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 11:58 AM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

City offices will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3rd in observation of the 4th of July. Staff will return Monday, July 6th. 

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna.

2020 Construction Projects:
Cardinal Drive SE Storm Sewer: Construction continues along Bixby Road. A detour will be in place the week of July 13th or 20th, advanced signage will be placed accordingly. 
 
CIPPS: The contractor has completed the initial surveying and cleaning of the sanitary mains. They will begin the lining process sometime in July. 

Street Maintenance: The contractor has completed the crack sealing. The Sealcoating contractor plans on starting Monday, July 6th. The seal coating process should take 2-3 days. 

Overlay Project: Curb, Gutter and Pedestrian Ramps are being replaced on Linn Avenue and Southview. The Street Department will start edge milling the week of July 6th. 

Curb & Gutter: Curb installation & paving has been completed. Sodding will be installed to finish the project. This may wait until the weather cools a bit.

Street & Utility: James Brothers began water main installation on Cherry Street Monday. The new main will be completed Thursday and will go live first part of next week after testing is complete. They have 8” Perforated Storm Sewer to install and then the street & path improvements will begin.

Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.
We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

Public Works
Street Department: Potholes and other roadway failures are repaired by the Street Division in order of priority. The problem is corrected initially by installing a temporary patching material. Then areas needing repair are prioritized by size, number and street traffic volume to see if more extensive roadway repairs are warranted.

WWTP: As a property owner, you own your sewer service from the building to the City sewer main. The City owns and maintains the sewer main which is generally located in the middle of the street. The City cleans and inspects the main lines according to the Owatonna Sanitary Sewer Maintenance Policy. Maintenance crew's use a high pressure jet of water to clean the walls of the sewer main and push material and debris downstream where it can be removed at a manhole.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.

Jun 25

City Engineer Updates 6-26-2020

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 4:05 PM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. 


2020 Construction Projects:
Cardinal Drive SE Storm Sewer: Construction of the storm sewer under the railroad running along the East side of Bixby Road will continue through next week. Please use caution and stay aware of traffic control when driving by the project site (between School St. & Havana Rd.), as there are vehicles parked on the shoulder and large concrete pipe sitting right behind the curb. Starting Monday, July 6th, Bixby Road will closed & detoured for approximate two weeks.
 

CIPPS: The contractor has completed the initial surveying and cleaning of the sanitary mains. They will begin the lining process sometime in July. 

Street Maintenance: The contractor has completed the crack sealing. The Sealcoating contractor plans on starting Monday, July 6th. The seal coating process should take 2-3 days. 

Overlay Project: This week & next week on Linn Ave SW and at Lemond Road & Thomas Ave SW Sidewalk, Curb & Gutter are being removed and replaced. Pedestrian ramps are being poured. Streets Department should begin the asphalt overlaying sometime in July.

Curb & Gutter: Curb installation & paving has been completed. Sodding will be installed next week to finish the project. If your property is affected by this, please be sure to water the newly placed sod. 

Street & Utility:
The water main portion of Cherry Street Project will begin next week. 

North Street Storm Sewer: All work has been completed for this repair, concrete curing will be complete on 7/2, at that time the road will be completely finished. It is currently open to two lanes of traffic. 

Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.
We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

Public Works
Street Department: The Street Department is milling out bad areas of streets and paving them back in along with patching with the blow patcher. The tree crew is catching up on grinding stumps and finishing EAB injections. Street sweeping is being done to sweep up fallen tree buds. 


WWTP: Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) can cause a multitude of problems if it enters the sanitary sewer system. FOG can cause sewer back-ups and service interruptions to customers leading to unnecessary environmental damage. FOG is caused primarily by food wastes that enter the sanitary sewer system through drains. Sources of FOG are Food Service Establishments and residential dwellings. Prevention tips for FOG include: Not pouring grease down sink drains, installing drain screens, and installing and maintaining grease traps. 

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.
Jun 19

City Engineer Updates 6-19-2020

Posted on June 19, 2020 at 4:34 PM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. 

2020 Construction Projects:
Cardinal Drive SE Storm Sewer: Construction of the storm sewer under the railroad running along the East side of Bixby Road will continue through next week. Please use caution and stay aware of traffic control when driving by the project site (between School St. & Havana Rd.), as there are vehicles parked on the shoulder and large concrete pipe sitting right behind the curb. 

CIPPS: The contractor has completed the initial surveying and cleaning of the sanitary mains. They will begin the lining process sometime in July. 

Street Maintenance: The contractor has completed the crack sealing. The Sealcoating contractor plans on starting Monday, July 6th. The seal coating process should take 2-3 days. 

Overlay Project: Manholes have been raised in preparation for the overlays. This week & next week Curb & Gutter is being removed & replaced and pedestrian ramps are being poured. Streets Department has performed some preliminary patching on the existing asphalt streets. 

North Street Storm Sewer: Concrete work will occur on North Street next week. The street will be open to traffic. 

The roundabout at Rose Street and Grove Avenue will open Saturday 6-20. Please use caution and be patient as motorists get used to the new flow of traffic. 


Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.
We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed.

Public Works
Street Department: While it has not been discovered in Owatonna City Limits, treatment of boulevard ash trees to prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borer has been taking place. The first 400 trees are expected to be completed soon. 

Pot hole filling continues to take place and the crew is working hard to get around town to take care of these.

WWTP: Did you know that many items labeled "Flushable" can cause issues downstream, even though they clear the toilet? Please be mindful of what goes into the sanitary sewer system to help prevent costly back-ups and other issues.

To submit a Public Works Maintenance Request, please call 507-444-4350 or fill out  an Online Public Works Maintenance Request Form.