Nov 19

Engineering Updates 11/19/2021

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 4:16 PM by Anna Schwichtenberg

City of Owatonna Engineering

Construction season is wrapping up for the year and we are now preparing for winter, snowfall and next year's construction projects.

Thank you for your patience while this year's projects were underway. 

City offices will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 25th for Thanksgiving.

The City of Owatonna recently published its official Facebook page. Please search for “City of Owatonna, MN Government” or click this link City of Owatonna, MN Government | Facebook and then follow the page! 
 
2021 Construction Projects:

2021 N Cedar Streetscape: This week the mainline pavement within the 200 block, parking lanes on the east end of the Pearl St intersection and within the 200 block were poured in addition to sidewalk, curb and gutter and pedestrian ramps and infill areas within the bumpouts. In addition, the temporary bituminous pavement within the Vine St intersection has been placed and this intersection has been re-opened to 3 legs of the intersection. Due to freezing temperatures this week the contractor has continued covering the concrete and base with plastic and blankets to keep it from freezing during the beginning stages of the curing process. In addition, the limestone planter curb within the 300 block has begun being placed. 

Next week the contractor is expecting to continue placing limestone planter curb and pavers within the boulevards in the 300 block. The contractor is also anticipating some electrical work to occur within the transformer and will coordinate with businesses and residents directly for any service interruptions. As the roadways begin to open back up, we ask that you continue to use caution as construction is still occurring. 

2021 Truman Avenue ProjectThis week: Northland Grading & Excavating, Legends Concrete, & Crane Creek Asphalt were all on-site. Northland worked on backfilling behind the back of curb, placing & shaping topsoil, and cleaning up the project site. Legends Concrete worked on pouring concrete driveways, and some sidewalk sections as well. They finished pouring the rest of the concrete driveways on the project. The concrete driveways along the Truman Avenue project are completed. Crane Creek Asphalt was on-site on Tuesday and Wednesday. They completed paving the rest of the asphalt base course pavement on the project. They also completed paving the temporary asphalt wedge along the face of the curb & gutter for the entire project. This temporary asphalt wedge was installed to protect the curb & gutter over the winter. It will be removed in the spring prior to paving the asphalt surface course pavement.

Next week: Northland plans to continue working on backfilling behind the back of curb, placing & shaping topsoil, and cleaning up the project site. Safety Signs is scheduled to be on-site on Tuesday of next week to work on installing the permanent traffic signs on Truman Ave. After all the permanent signage has been installed, Northland may leave the temporary traffic control signs & devices in place for a little longer while they finish up work before the end of this year. After they have wrapped up the remaining items of work for this year, the temporary traffic control signs & devices will then be removed from the project site for the winter; and full access will be restored along & across Truman Ave. for traffic & pedestrians.

Traffic should have full access through and across Truman Ave. now. Construction and traffic control is still present on-site though and traffic and pedestrians should exercise caution when using Truman Ave.

 2021 Bridge Street: Construction began on May 3rd the roadway was entirely reopened on November 12th. At this time the Park Drive intersection will temporarily remain as a 4-way stop until the new signals poles arrive. The contractor will have a few items to wrap up this winter including installation of the signal poles at the Park Drive intersection and new street light poles once these arrive. In addition, permanent seeding of the grass areas and landscaping maintenance is anticipated to occur in the spring. Please continue to use caution around construction vehicles when present. No substantial further updates regarding the project are planned, please feel welcome to contact Reese Sudtelgte or Anthony Lance of ISG with any questions or concerns.

AVOID THE TOW! Winter parking restrictions took effect on November 15 and are in place until March 31st! See the Winter Parking Map App to see where to park between midnight and noon. Visit http://ci.owatonna.mn.us/CivicMedia for a brief video with instructions and reminders.

Compost Site: The City of Owatonna's compost site is set to CLOSE for the season on November 24th. Please watch for updates regarding hours after the holidays and for when it will reopen in the spring. 

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.

Nov 15

Engineering Update - November 15, 2021

Posted on November 15, 2021 at 1:52 PM by Jeanette Clawson

Bridge Street opened this morning.  Traffic lights are not complete so stop signs are posted but all lanes open for traffic. 

Truman Avenue Update  

Last week :                                                                                                                                                                             

Legends Concrete was on-site Monday and paved the remaining Concrete Curb & Gutter on-site, between Havana Rd. & Murray St.  After completing the Concrete Curb & Gutter, they were not on-site for the remainder of the week.  

Northland Grading & Excavating worked on tolerancing (finish grading) the aggregate subbase to prepare for the base course paving on the rest of the project.   Crane Creek Asphalt was originally scheduled to be on-site Thursday to pave the rest of the base course on the project, but due to the rain on Wednesday night/Thursday morning they had to push the base course paving back to next week; rescheduled now for Tuesday (11-16-21).   

Current Status of Major Work Items:

  • Sanitary Sewer
    1. Work Completed To-Date:   Main St. to Havana Rd.
    2. Work Remaining:                     NONE
  • Storm Sewer
    1. Work Completed To-Date:   Main St. to Havana Rd.
    2. Work Remaining:                     NONE
  • Water Main
    1. Work Completed To-Date:   Main St. to Havana Rd.
    2. Work Remaining:                     NONE
  • Subgrade prep. & Subbase Grading
    1. Work Completed To-Date:   Main St. to Havana Rd.
    2. Work Remaining:                     NONE
  • Concrete Curb & Gutter
    1. Work Completed To-Date:   Main St. to Havana Rd.
    2. Work Remaining:                     NONE
  • Roadway Pavement
    1. Work Completed To-Date:   Main St. to University St.
    2. Work Remaining:                     University St. to Havana Rd.

 This week:

 Crane Creek Asphalt now plans to pave the base course on the rest of the project on Tuesday of this week; weather depending that is.  After they complete the rest of the base course, they will pave a 2-ft wide asphalt wedge along the face of the curb & gutter for the entire length of the project.  The reason for paving this 2-ft asphalt wedge is to protect the concrete curb & gutter through the winter until the surface course can be paved next year in the spring.  

Legends Concrete will be on-site this week working on pouring the rest of the driveways on the project.  

Northland will be on-site working on backfilling behind the back of curb and placing & grading aggregate subbase for sidewalk anywhere sidewalk excavation has already been completed on the project.  

 This Year & Next Year:

  • Base Course Asphalt will be paved this year with a 2-ft asphalt wedge also along the face of the curb & gutter for the duration of the winter.  
  • Surface Course Asphalt will be paved next year in the spring.
  • All driveways will be poured this year before the end of the year and residents will have driveway access through the duration of the winter.
  • Sidewalk sections not already poured will be poured next year in the spring.  No more sidewalk excavation will be done this year.   Any areas where sidewalk has been excavated by not poured yet will have class 5 aggregate subbase placed and graded for the duration of the winter.
  • Permanent Traffic Signs will be installed on the project before the end of this year.   After the permanent traffic signs have been installed, temporary traffic control along the project will be removed from the project site for the duration of the winter.  Traffic and pedestrians should have full access and the flow of traffic should be fully restored to normal for the winter.  
  • Topsoil behind the back of curb will be placed and graded this year.  
  • Sodding will likely be completed next year in the spring.  

 Intersections affected:

 Traffic should have full access through and across Truman Ave. now. Construction and traffic control is still present on-site though and traffic and pedestrians should exercise caution when using Truman Ave.  

The Base Course Paving is scheduled for Tuesday of this week (11-16-21).   During the Base Course Paving operation, some side road intersections will be temporarily closed to traffic and pedestrians.  Crane Creek Asphalt will have flaggers at all side roads along Truman Ave. during this operation to direct traffic and pedestrians accordingly while the base course paving is underway.  As Crane Creek completes the base course paving at each side-road intersection, traffic and pedestrians should be able to get through shortly after; at the direction of the flaggers that is.

After the Base Course & Asphalt Wedge are paved, traffic should have full access through and across Truman Ave. again.

 

Nov 12

Engineering Updates 11/12/2021

Posted on November 12, 2021 at 4:28 PM by Jeanette Clawson

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. 

At 12:01 am on November 15th, the Winter Parking Ordinance takes effect. On even-numbered calendar dates, vehicles may be parked on the near side of the street adjacent to lots and houses which have been assigned even numbers. On odd-numbered calendar dates, vehicles may be parked on the near side of the street adjacent to lots and houses which have been assigned odd numbers. Parking restrictions begin at 12:01 a.m. and last until 12:00 noon. If you have questions regarding this City Ordinance, please call 507-444-4350. The entire City of Owatonna Snow & Icy Policy can be found here
 
2021 Construction Projects:
2021 Project Location Map

 2021 Bridge Street: 

Work this week included striping, installation of temporary lighting (to remain until the new light poles arrive), landscaping and placing erosion control blanket. The contractor is working to install permanent signage today. 

The construction signage is planned to be removed and the roadway opened by the end of the day today! At this time the Park Drive intersection will temporarily remain as a 4-way stop until the new signals poles arrive. The contractor will have a few items to wrap up this winter including installation of the signal poles at the Park Drive intersection and new street light poles once these arrive. In addition, permanent seeding of the grass areas and landscaping maintenance is anticipated to occur in the spring. Please continue to use caution around construction vehicles when present. 

At this time no substantial further updates regarding the project are planned,

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

2021 N Cedar Streetscape

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.

  • Within the 300 Block: 
    • Temporary lights have been installed for use until the new light poles arrive.
    • Within the alley:
      • Light pole bases were installed.
      • Pavement base is being prepared for pavement.
  • Within the Pearl Street Intersection: 
    • Concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk, and pedestrian ramps were poured within the bump outs.
    • The remaining mainline pavement and the eastern parking lanes were poured.
      • The new concrete typically takes between 7 and 14 days before it can be driven on. Please use extra caution while paving is occurring, and do not enter the area until the road is open to traffic.
  • Within the 200 Block:
    • Portions of the curb and gutter have been placed.
    • Planter foundations were completed.
    • Sidewalk on the north half of the block was poured, and base is prepared for additional sidewalk pavement to the south. 

Upcoming Work

  • Within the 300 Block:
    • Final base prep and concrete pavement is to occur within the alley.
    • Limestone blocks will be placed around the planting beds.
    • Pavers will be set within the boulevard.
       
  • Within the 200 Block:
    • Temporary bituminous pavement is planned to be placed within the Vine Street intersection due to additional utility work to occur in the spring.
    • The contractor is expecting to pave the remaining concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, and parking lanes, then work towards the mainline pavement.
      • Continued work to prepare these areas for pavement will include base prep, trimming, and placing forms.

Coordination with businesses will occur during sidewalk construction. If any questions arise, please feel free to ask for the on-site representative to guide travel to specific buildings while work is being performed and the concrete cures.


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: 

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.