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Dec 02

Engineering Updates 11/19/2021

Posted on December 2, 2021 at 11:54 AM 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. 

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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 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. 

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