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Public Works - Engineering Updates

Jul 10

City Engineer Updates 7-10-2020

Posted on July 10, 2020 at 4:14 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.


2020 Construction Projects:
Cardinal Drive SE Storm Sewer: The Boring company is planning on starting the boring on Monday. The Contractor will be placing signs out stating Bixby Road will be closed starting the following Monday, July 20th. 
 
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 completed seal-coating the streets on Wednesday (July 8th) morning. The Contractor will be back in town by Wednesday, July 15th to do the final sweeping of the chip-sealed streets.

Overlay Project: Streets Department is prepping some of the streets for the bituminous overlay. Edge milling is scheduled for Wednesday (July 15th), and the paving is planned to begin in late July. 

Curb & Gutter: Sodding was completed this week to finish the project. If your property has been affected by this, please be sure to keep the newly installed sod watered. 

Street & Utility: The water main and storm sewer work has been completed. James Brothers completed removing the bituminous surface. Concrete removals will take place next week. 

Transportation Plan: Steele County and the City of Owatonna are cooperating on the development of a Transportation Plan for the City and an update to the County's Transportation Plan. There will be opportunity for public comment on transportation issues during the plans development. This plan looks at all modes of transportation from freight to pedestrian.

Public Works
Street Department: Pothole repair is continuing around town. No parking signs will be posted in the overlay areas beginning Monday. 

WWTP: Staff is currently working through permitting issues for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion. They expect to see the permit in place first quarter of 2021.  

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

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.