Aug 30

Engineering Updates 8/27/2021

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 8:12 AM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.
 
 We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed. 

 
2021 Construction Projects:
2021 Project Location Map

 2021 Bridge Street: Work this week included finishing the foundations for the new signal poles at the intersection of Park Drive and W. Bridge Street, landscaping the median, traffic control modifications, continued removals at the 24th Avenue intersection and utility coordination.

The intersection of Park Drive and W. Bridge street is open to three directions of traffic, with east and westbound traffic along W. Bridge Street to open to traffic east of Park Drive to both directions of traffic. Some work will continue to occur along the roadway and at the Park Dr intersection as needed. Please continue to use caution and follow the detour routes as work will continue to finalize Phase 1 and progress Phase 2.

Next week work is planned west of the Park Drive intersection to prepare the subgrade, place subbase and base. In addition, work at the 24th Avenue intersection will continue as existing utilities are adjusted as needed.

To sign up for updates specific to the 2021 Bridge Street Project, please visit Notify Me.

2021 N Cedar StreetscapeWork this week included installation of the concrete sidewalk along Rose Street, sanitary sewer installation through the intersection of Pearl Street and watermain connections at Pearl Street. While working within the Pearl Street intersection the asbestos steam line was found and is on the schedule for abatement. Working together with the new hotel project, a temporary sidewalk has been established along the east side of the 200 block to allow more direct access to businesses. Please continue to use extra caution and awareness when walking or driving near the construction area as work continues on the sidewalk, signals, etc. and adjacent to the intersection and walkways. 

Next week, the contractor will continue to install the watermain and storm sewer through the Pearl Street intersection and install water services within the 300 block. The contractor will also be completing removals and re-establishment of the alley entrance off Rose Street to allow for improved accessible facilities in this area as well as paving the boulevard between the sidewalk and back of curb along Rose Street. Removals and closure of the remainder of the 200 block is anticipated to begin in about two weeks.

To sign up for updates for the North Cedar Streetscape Project, please visit the ISG Project Page, scroll to "Stay Connected" and fill out the form titled "Sign up here for project updates"

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

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

Aug 20

Engineering Updates 8/20/2021

Posted on August 20, 2021 at 4:20 PM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

 We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed. 


2021 Construction Projects:
2021 Project Location Map

 2021 Bridge Street: Work this week included pouring foundations for the new signal poles at the intersection of Park Drive and W. Bridge Street, signage installation, seeding, median soil placement, traffic control modifications and roadway removal at the 24th Avenue intersection. The intersection of Park Drive and W. Bridge street is re-opened to three directions of traffic, with east and westbound traffic along W. Bridge Street to open to traffic east of Park Drive to both directions of traffic. Some work will continue to occur along the roadway and at the Park Drive intersection as needed. Please continue to use caution and follow the detour routes as work will continue to finalize Phase 1 and progress Phase 2. 

Next week removals at 24th Avenue are expected to continue and the contractor will be working with utility companies with facilities through this area to make adjustments as needed.

As Phase 2 gets moving, you’ll see a similar construction sequence as Phase 1:

  1. Existing pavement removals and hauling of existing material that cannot be reused on the project.
  2. Installation of utilities such as storm sewer, culverts and watermain with preparation of roadway base following.
  3. Installation of curb and paving of roadways.
  4. Seeding and restoration of disturbed areas.

To sign up for updates specific to the 2021 Bridge Street Project, please visit Notify Me.

2021 N Cedar Streetscape

Work This Past Week

  •   The intersection of Pearl Street and North Cedar Avenue was closed, and removals of the pavement occurred early in the week
  •   Watermain and service installation began through the 300 block
  •   Sanitary sewer and service installation continued into the Pearl Street intersection
  •   Removal and preparation for new sidewalk pavement is occurring along Rose Street
  •   The relocated signal pole at Rose Street was re-installed
  •   Storm sewer installation continued into the 300 block

Upcoming Work

  •   Watermain and water service installation will continue along the 300 block
  •   Some building access may be necessary to confirm services, communication with businesses will continue to occur as required
  •   Sanitary storm sewer installation will continue to progress south into the Pearl Street intersection
  •   Additional removals within the 200 block are anticipated in approximately two weeks

The Owatonna Downtown Live Stream can be found on The 2021 North Cedar Ave Streetscape Project page! Be sure to visit the website for detour routes and alternate parking areas.

To sign up for updates for the North Cedar Streetscape Project, please visit the ISG Project Page, scroll to "Stay Connected" and fill out the form titled "Sign up here for project updates"

2021 Truman Avenue: This week: Northland Grading & Excavating worked on storm sewer main and storm sewer structures. Northland installed one 108” Storm Sewer Manhole structure, one storm sewer catch basin structure, and 42” RCP & Arch Pipe storm sewer at Prospect and Truman. They installed 18” RCP storm sewer pipe from Prospect to University and three storm sewer catch basin structures and 15” RCP storm sewer pipe at University and Truman.

Current Status of Major Work Items:

  • Sanitary Sewer
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to Prospect Street
    •   Work Remaining: Prospect Street to Havana Road
  • Storm Sewer
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to University Street
    •   Work Remaining: Prospect Street to Havana Road
  • Water Main
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to Prospect Street
    •   Work Remaining: Prospect Street to Havana Road
  • Subgrade Preparation & Subbase Grading
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to University Street
    •   Work Remaining: University Street to Havana Road
  • Roadway & Sidewalk Pavement
    •   Work Remaining: Main Street to Havana Road

Next week: On Monday, Northland Grading plans to continue working on storm sewer main and structures.

Scheduled for Tuesday is watermain construction. Watermain construction will begin at Prospect Street & Truman Avenue on Tuesday. A temporary water service shutdown at Prospect Street & Truman Avenue will be required for this water main work. Any properties affected by this temporary water service shutdown will receive a notice in advance of the shutdown. If delayed for any reason, the watermain construction at this intersection and the temporary water service shutdown will be rescheduled, and affected properties will receive a notice in advance for the rescheduled date.

Throughout the week Northland is planning to work on subgrade preparation and subbase grading work between University Street & Prospect Street.

Concrete curb and gutter paving did not occur this last week so concrete curb and gutter paving may take place next week, weather depending. If delayed by weather or other delays, the concrete curb & gutter paving will be moved back to the next week. Northland may also work on removing the temporary access lane between the Academy Street cul-de-sac and Main Street next week. They will first remove the asphalt millings, fabric, and drainage pipe of the access lane; then later they will remove some of the brush in this area and lastly place back topsoil and seed to put back this area as it was before construction began.

26th Street & State Avenue Roundabout: Construction on the roundabout is proceeding on schedule, and is expected to be completed by early to mid October. Storm sewer is complete. Work is staring on subgrade and base. Curb and Gutter is expected to be placed early next week. UPRR has the ballast for the track raise on order, getting loaded on a train, and it is expected to arrive in the next week or two. The construction is expected to be completed in October. View the full media release, project area, and detours here.

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

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

Aug 13

Engineering Updates 8/13/2021

Posted on August 13, 2021 at 4:50 PM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction has begun and various projects can be seen around The City of Owatonna. Please slow down and use caution when approaching a construction zone.

 We thank you for your patience as these projects are completed. 


2021 Construction Projects:
2021 Project Location Map

 2021 Bridge Street: Work this week included sidewalk paving, installation of signal pole bases for the intersection at Park Drive, striping and signage. The intersection of Park Drive and West Bridge street is re-opened to through traffic, east and westbound traffic along West Bridge Street is anticipated to open to traffic early next week with some work occurring along the roadway and at the Park Drive intersection as needed. The traffic control devices will move from Phase 1 and be staged to prepare to begin removals on Phase 2. 

It is anticipated that removals for Phase 2 of the project will begin at the end of next week, causing the closure of the 24th Avenue intersection. Work will continue during the week on the west half of Phase 1A with grading activities. It is anticipated that new traffic changes will begin on August 20th with removals beginning within Phase 2  including the intersection of West Bridge Street and 24th Avenue. Phase 2 will include extended sidewalk for pedestrian traffic, as well as a new roundabout.

To sign up for updates specific to the 2021 Bridge Street Project, please visit Notify Me.

2021 N Cedar StreetscapeTraffic patterns for a construction project on N. Cedar Avenue will change starting Monday, August 16th, 2021.

Weather permitting, the intersection of N. Cedar Avenue and Pearl Street will be closed. Traffic has been re-opened at the Rose Street intersection, however both directions of travel along N. Cedar Avenue from Rose Street to Pearl Street remain closed. Traffic will be routed around the work area via. CSAH 45/Oak Avenue, E. Main Street, and N. Elm Avenue. The Vine Street, and Broadway Street intersections will remain open to traffic at this time. Pedestrian access is to be maintained to all businesses along N. Cedar Avenue throughout the project. See here for the construction handout. 

Work This Past Week

  •   Sanitary sewer service construction continued along the 300 block
  •   The Rose Street intersection was re-opened to traffic
  •   Storm sewer installation has continued to be installed through the 300 block

Upcoming Work

  •   Watermain installation along the 300 block is to occur early next week 
  •   Water service installation along the 300 block is to follow the watermain
    •   Some building access may be necessary to confirm services, communication with businesses will continue to occur as this is required
  •  Closure and removals are planned to begin at the Pearl Street intersection on Monday
  •  Sidewalk paving is planned to also begin early next week
  •  Removals within the 200 block are anticipated to begin the week of August 23rd

The Owatonna Downtown Live Stream can be found on The 2021 North Cedar Ave Streetscape Project page! Be sure to visit the website for detour routes and alternate parking areas.

To sign up for updates for the North Cedar Streetscape Project, please visit the ISG Project Page, scroll to "Stay Connected" and fill out the form titled "Sign up here for project updates"

2021 Truman Avenue: This week: Northland Grading & Excavating worked on storm sewer, water services & sanitary sewer services.  Water service installations & reconnections and sanitary sewer services from University Street to Prospect Street were completed. They also worked on storm sewer construction at the intersection of Prospect Street & Truman Avenue.

Current Status of Major Work Items:

  •  Sanitary Sewer
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to Prospect Street
    •   Work Remaining: Prospect Street to Havana Road
  • Storm Sewer
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to Phelps Street
    •   Work Remaining: University Street to Havana Road
  • Water Main
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to Prospect Street
    •   Work Remaining: Prospect Street to Havana Road
  • Subgrade prep. & Subbase Grading
    •   Work Completed To-Date: Main Street to Phelps Street
    •   Work Remaining: Phelps Street to Havana Road
  • Roadway & Sidewalk Pavement 
    •   Work Remaining: Main Street to Havana Road

Next week: Northland is planning to work on subgrade preparation and subbase grading work between Phelps Street & University Street. Concrete curb and gutter paving is scheduled to take place in the Phase 1 portion of the project, from Main street to School Street.  If delayed by weather or other delays, the concrete curb & gutter paving will be moved to the next week.  Northland may also work on removing the temporary access lane between the Academy Street cul-de-sac and Main Street.  They will first remove the asphalt millings, fabric, and drainage pipe of the access lane; then they will remove some of the brush in this area and lastly place back topsoil and seed to put back this area as it was before construction began. 

Intersections affected: Side-road access at the intersection of University Street may be temporarily closed next week for work on Storm Sewer.  Side-road access at the intersection of Prospect Street may be temporarily closed next week for work on Sanitary Sewer/Storm Sewer/Water Main work.  Side-road access at Agnes Street, Academy Street, School Street, and now Phelps Street are open to drivers and residents via temporary ramps.  The temporary access lane at the cul-de-sac of Academy Street is planned to be removed next week.  Residents needing to access this cul-de-sac at the East end of Academy Street may now use the temporary ramps in-place at the intersection of Truman Avenue & Academy Street. Side-road access across Truman Ave at all other intersections along the project will continue to be maintained for traffic and residents.  Drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes, if possible, to avoid construction activities on the project. 

26th Street & State Avenue Roundabout: The intersection of 26th Street and State Avenue (County Highways 34 and 45) is closed for construction as of Thursday, July 29. State Avenue will be detoured via Hoffman Drive (CH 2), I-35, and 46th St NW (CH 9). 26th Street will be detoured via Cedar Avenue, North Street, Hoffman Drive, and I-35. The project will replace the existing signalized intersection with a roundabout to improve safety and traffic operations. The project will also improve a rough railroad crossing to the east. The construction is expected to be completed in October. View the full media release, project area, and detours here.

To sign up for various department notifications, use the Notify Me feature on The City of Owatonna Website.

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