Current Projects Status

Street Maintenance Notice -- On Wednesday August 21st, 2019 the street department will be putting a new blacktop surface on Adams Avenue (From State Ave to Hillsdale) beginning at 7am. For the duration of this project, please keep all parked vehicles off of the street and use an alternate route for travel. Your cooperation is appreciated.

2019 Street & Utility – 

Holly Street & North Street: These streets have been completed. 

13th Street NE: Paving has been completed, still needs sod prior to being completed.     

Tennis Center Parking Lot: The first lift of asphalt has been completed. The Linear Raingarden will be constructed and grading will be completed before the wearing lift will be paved.

2019 Overlays Project – The Street Department will be putting a new blacktop surface on 16th Street SW from Linn Drive to Moshe Avenue August 19th.

Allan Ave Sidewalk Project – The sidewalk project is nearing completion.

Concrete Streets Project - Concrete paving and bituminous shoulder paving has been done on 21st and 28th Avenues half way from Park Drive to allow the businesses access for their employees. The north portions will be paved next week.

Timber Ridge Ln NE Curb & Gutter Project – Curb & Gutter is being poured August 16th on Timber Ridge Drive. Paving will follow.

Rose Street Detour Begins August 20, Oak Ave Construction Begins Early SeptemberRose Street, Oak Ave Rd Construction

Owatonna, Minn. – A construction project will begin on two major thoroughfares through Owatonna -- Rose Street and Oak Avenue. Work will begin August 20 on Rose Street and then early September on Oak Avenue. 

Rose Street (County Highway 19) from Hoffman Drive to Willow Avenue will be closed to westbound traffic starting August 20. Westbound traffic will be detoured using Willow Avenue, Vine Street, Oak Ave, and Hoffman Drive. Side streets crossing Rose Street will be closed at Rose Street with northbound traffic permitted to take right turns only. Grove Avenue and Cedar Avenue will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic. No parking will be permitted on Rose Street during the project. 

Work in the westbound lane of Rose Street is expected to last about a month, then the road closure and detour will be reversed. Construction on Oak Avenue (County Highway 45) will be done under traffic with lane closures. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction on Oak Avenue. Motorists should expect delays. 

The work is part of a two-year construction project expected to be completed by the end of summer in 2020. During the 2019 construction season, the project will rehabilitate the concrete pavement on both Rose Street from Hoffman Drive to Willow Avenue and on Oak Avenue from Holly Street to Rose Street. Traffic signals will be modified and signals at the Oak Avenue intersections of Vine Street and McKinley Street will be removed. A pedestrian signal system will be installed at the intersection of Oak Avenue and School Street. Oak Avenue will be reconfigured from four lanes of traffic to three lanes of traffic with one lane in each direction and a left turn lane in the center. 

During the 2020 construction season, a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Rose Street and Grove Avenue, pedestrian ramps will be reconstructed throughout the project to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and work on the city sanitary sewer will be completed on Rose Street. 

All dates are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Steele County advises motorists to drive with caution and slow down through work zones for their safety and for the safety of the construction crews. 

For updates on this or other Steele County Highway construction projects, visit: 

Rose Street Detour