May 07

Engineering Updates 5/7/2021

Posted on May 7, 2021 at 5:00 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 Truman Avenue Project Phase 1 (Main Street to Phelps Street): 
Items of work completed this week include: removal of an existing sanitary sewer manhole, removal of existing storm & sanitary sewer pipe, removal of existing pavement from Main St. to Academy St., common excavation for underground sanitary & storm sewer work, installation of proposed sanitary sewer service connection, installation of proposed sanitary sewer main, and installation of proposed sanitary sewer manhole structure at Main St. & Truman Ave

Items for the week of 5/10 will look similar to last week's activity including: removal of existing sanitary/storm sewer pipe, common excavation for sanitary and storm sewer work, installation of sanitary sewer main, service connections and manhole structures. 

Temporary ramps are in place where existing pavement has been removed at these sideroads to allow access across Truman Ave., but drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes if possible to avoid construction activities on the project site.  All other sideroads at Truman Ave. along the project are fully accessible for traffic & pedestrians.  For residents needing to access the cul-de-sac at the East end of Academy Street, a temporary access lane is in place at the East end of the cul-de-sac connecting to Main St.    


2021 Bridge Street: Bituminous pavement was removed at the beginning of the week. Subgrade excavation began May 5th. Stormsewer work is expected to begin the week of May 10th. A Detour Map is available here

2021 N Cedar Streetscape: The downtown streetscape project is moving into final plan development stage. The project is currently advertising for bids, due May 26th and is expected to be awarded by City Council in early June.  A video of the Streetscape Improvements Visualization is available on the project webpage.

26th Street & State Ave Roundabout: Steele County and the City of Owatonna will be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of 26th Street (County Highway 34) and State Avenue (County Highway 45).A Virtual Open House will be held until May 9th.
  • Washington County Roundabout U is a website created to provide guidance and information on a variety of topics related to the use and design of roundabouts. It also offers instructions for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  • Roundabout Resource: The Local Road Research Board publishes a wide range of transportation-related educational materials. The roundabout videos found on their website may be useful for those with questions regarding the use and reasoning for these traffic control measures. 
Public Works
Street Department: Pot hole repairs continue around town. The tree crew is preparing to plant boulevard trees. 

WWTP: When you experience slow drains or sewer back-up, it is important to call the Wastewater Treatment Facility (507-444-2452) in addition to calling your plumber. We will inspect the City sewer main and determine if the blockage is in the mainline or the private service line. 

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.

Apr 30

Engineering Updates 4/30/2021

Posted on April 30, 2021 at 4:31 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 Truman Avenue Project Phase 1 (Main Street to Phelps Street): 

Items of work completed this week: Clearing and grubbing, materials delivered and stockpiled on-site, milling of existing asphalt pavement in the Phase 1 portion of the project, Phase 1 temporary water services setup (not put into service yet).  

Week of May 3rd: Items of work planned to take place next week: removal of existing concrete pavements (sidewalk, entrances, curb & gutter) in the Phase 1 portion of the project, common excavation for proposed sanitary sewer, and removal of existing sanitary sewer.

Temporary ramps are in place where existing pavement has been removed at these sideroads to allow access across Truman Ave., but drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes if possible to avoid construction activities on the project site.  All other sideroads at Truman Ave. along the project are fully accessible for traffic & pedestrians.  For residents needing to access the cul-de-sac at the East end of Academy Street, a temporary access lane is in place at the East end of the cul-de-sac connecting to Main St.    


2021 Bridge Street: Construction is planned to start with Phase 1 the week of May 3rd. West Bridge Street from I-35 to Park Drive will be closed to both directions of traffic. The intersections to I-35 and Park Drive will remain open at this time. A Detour Map is available here

2021 N Cedar Streetscape: The downtown streetscape project is moving into final plan development stage.  The project is expected to be advertised for bids on May 5th with bids due May 26th. A video of the Streetscape Improvements Visualization is available on the project webpage.

26th Street & State Ave Roundabout: Steele County and the City of Owatonna will be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of 26th Street (County Highway 34) and State Avenue (County Highway 45).A Virtual Open House will be held until May 9th. Residents may find that Roundabout U, an outreach program created by Washington County, provides helpful information and instructions regarding roundabouts.

2021 CIPPSHydro-Klean have finished sanitary sewer lining on St. Paul Rd., 22nd, 23rd & 24th Streets, and 7th Avenue NE this last week. With that, the entire project has been completed for the season. Service should not be interrupted, should you experience issues call Hydro-Klean 24/7:1-855-845-5326. 
 
Public Works
Street Department: Did you know the City of Owatonna has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community since 1991? Tree City USA is a national program that provides framework for community forestry management. More information on the Tree City USA program can be found on the Forestry page. Arbor Day is April 30, this typically marks the beginning of boulevard tree planting. Things are a bit different this year, no Arbor Day Ceremony is being held and boulevard tree planting will begin May 3rd. 

WWTP: With its plan for a new wastewater treatment facility, Owatonna is continuing to do its part to help protect the Straight, Cannon and Mississippi rivers, including Lake Byllesby and Lake Pepin. Learn more about the MPCA’s environmental review and wastewater permit for the proposed expansion: www.pca.state.mn.us/news/underway-mpca-environmental-review-owatonnas-wastewater-treatment-expansion. The public comment period for the Environmental Assessment for the WWTP Expansion ends May 3rd. 

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.

Apr 23

Engineering Updates 4/23/2021

Posted on April 23, 2021 at 2:06 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 Truman Avenue Project Phase 1 (Main Street to Phelps Street): Northland Grading & Excavating began work this week. Work included: Mobilization, traffic control set up, documentation and photographing of existing site conditions, marking of removals and removal limits, and tree removal.

Week of Monday April 26th: The contractor plans to begin work on removals and excavation for the Phase 1 portion of the project. The items of work planned to take place next week for the Phase 1 portion of the project will involve: Clearing & grubbing, milling of existing pavement, removals, and common excavation for the underground work.


2021 Bridge Street: Construction is planned to start with Phase 1 the week of May 3rd.

2021 N Cedar Streetscape: The downtown streetscape project is moving into final plan development stage.  The project is expected to be advertised on May 5th with bids due May 26th. A video of the Streetscape Improvements Visualization is available on the project webpage.

26th Street & State Ave Roundabout: Steele County and the City of Owatonna will be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of 26th Street (County Highway 34) and State Avenue (County Highway 45). A virtual open house will be held April 22 to May 9: Steele County Project Open House Media Release. More information is available on our Current Projects page.

2021 CIPPSThe Contractor, Hydro-Klean, has completed lining the sanitary sewers in the Wilson Elementary & the Bryan Ave/Martin St SW neighborhoods. They will continue lining 22nd, 23rd & 24th Streets NE between St. Paul Rd. & 7th Avenue through next week. Service should not be interrupted, should you experience issues call Hydro-Klean 24/7:1-855-845-5326. 
 
Public Works
Street Department: The Street Department continues to be busy with pot hole/frost boil repairs, tree trimming/removals. Boulevard trees have been ordered for those who requested replacement or new construction plantings. These trees will be planted the week of May 3rd. Planting typically takes about a week and a half, weather dependent. 

WWTP: With its plan for a new wastewater treatment facility, Owatonna is continuing to do its part to help protect the Straight, Cannon and Mississippi rivers, including Lake Byllesby and Lake Pepin. Learn more about the MPCA’s environmental review and wastewater permit for the proposed expansion: www.pca.state.mn.us/news/underway-mpca-environmental-review-owatonnas-wastewater-treatment-expansion

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.