Owatonna Landmark Will Get a Facelift
Owatonna's Central Park calling card will get a facelift this summer. The fountain in the downtown park will get a new paint job after a problem with paint applied just a year ago. A news release states, "The City of Owatonna Parks, Facilities, and Recreation Department has selected a contractor who will sandblast, prime and paint the historic fountain in Central Park.
The project begins soon and will progress as quickly as the weather allows.
Work in 2021 "included reinforcing its foundation, aligning the bowl, repairing the spray ring, refurbishing its centerpiece, installing a handicap-accessible drinking fountain with a doggy drinker near the fountain and painting." However, the paint did not adhere to the surface.
The fountain dates to the 1870s while the centerpiece was added in 1893, "Park improvements were done and drinking fountains were added in 1909. An underground irrigation system was placed in the park in the fall of 1967." Money was raised through a fund drive for restoration of the fountain in 1977. That included lighting and a water recirculation system.
TRAFFIC SIGNAL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The Steele County Highway Department announces an overhaul of almost a dozen traffic signal systems in Owatonna. The work will "complete maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of signals within the city to improve operations and extend the life of the signal system," according to a media release from the highway department.
These intersections are affected.
- Hoffman Drive at 21st Avenue NW
- Hoffman Drive at 24th Avenue NW
- 21st Avenue NW at West Frontage Road
- Hoffman Drive at Rose Street/Glendale Street
- Hoffman Drive at State Avenue
- Hoffman Drive at North Street
- Bridge Street at State Avenue
- Bridge Streat at Allan Avenue/Florence Avenue
- Main Street at Oak Avenue
- South Cedar Avenue at 18th Street
- South Cedar Avenue at Hy-Vee Foods Entrance
The release states, "While the work is in progress, the intersections will be open to traffic but there will be lane closures with flaggers. Signals may be out of service for short durations or in an all-red-flash mode."
Work is expected to continue through the end of August.
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