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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.