The Engineering Division coordinates the planning, design and construction of all public streets and utility projects, including right-of way acquisition, and maintains records on all public improvements that have been made within the city. This division also prepares feasibility reports and performs inspections of the capital improvement projects.
Other activities include special assessments, traffic operations, grading permits, utility permits, overseeing the preparation of city maps and coordination of projects, and studies with other agencies.Engineering staff provides information and advice to City Council, Commissions and Committees, and City Departments concerning public utility infrastructure, development proposals, transportation, site development, and surpvises/inspects all public construction projects.
The Mission of the Engineering Division is to provide on-time/on-budget delivery of infrastructure projects, at the highest level of quality, and with minimum disruptions in the project development cycle starting with early planning and funding stages through design and construction completion.
The Engineering Division provides the following services:
- Administration of Capital Improvement Projects for street, water main, storm sewer and sanitary sewer improvements
- Project Design and Management
- Construction Inspections
- Special Assessments
- Sidewalk Permits
- Curb Cut Permits
- Right of Way Permits
- Street Opening Permits
- Grading/ ESC Permits
- Review of plats, surveys, grading and drainage plans
- Traffic Sign and Signal Requests
- Pavement Management
- Stormwater Management
- Emergency Repairs
- Utility Locates
Pavement Management Program
Owatonna's pavement management program ensures that the City's streets are maintained in top condition. Engineering staff continually work to track street conditions and plan maintenance schedules, which helps to keep costs at a minimum. It's used as a guide to determine when to construct, overlay, or seal coat existing streets, improve curb and gutters, or repair deteriorating pavement, Costs associated with managing the communities transportation system is partially funded through special assessments to property owners adjacent to the improvements.
Owatonna is committed to maintaining the City's streets in a cost efficient manner, ensuring streets are safe for all residents for years to come.
Transportation System - Streets and Bridges
The City of Owatonna has approximately 162 centerline miles of city streets and the Street Department is responsible for maintenance, repair and snow plowing of those local streets and cul-de-sacs. It is also responsible for maintaining traffic signals, street name and regulatory signs, storm sewer and ponding areas, pavement markings and for tree trimming along boulevards.
The City of Owatonna has seventeen bridges located on the street system that are inspected and maintained to insure safe travel.
Transportation System - Signals
To determine when and if traffic signals may be needed (warranted), traffic engineers compare existing conditions against nationally accepted minimum guidelines - often called "warrants". When these warrants are met a traffic signal may be considered for installation. There are no requirements that a signal must be installed.
Traffic signals, like most things mechanical, will require periodic maintenance. One of the most common maintenance items is the changing of bulbs. If you observe a bulb out or what you perceive as a traffic signal malfunction please contact the city. To report any signals needing maintenance call (507) 444-4350