The Steele County Highway Department provides a safe, efficient, coordinated transportation system that is responsive to community values and meets the needs of all users within resource limitations.
The Steele County Highway Department is located in the Steele County Annex Building at 635 Florence Ave, Owatonna MN 55060.
The Highway Department is responsible for the construction and maintenance of 377 miles of County Roads. Programming of road and bridge construction includes project scheduling, surveys, design, right-of-way acquisition and contract administration. A total of 132 bridges on County and Township roads are inspected annually.
Routine County Highway maintenance includes drainage repairs, surface repairs, snow and ice control and traffic management (signing/signalization). Budgeting and accounting of all construction and maintenance is accomplished and all costs are reported annually.
Greg Ilkka, P.E.
|Assistant County Engineer:||Paul Sponholz, P.E.
|Highway Maintenance Operations.:||
What does the Highway Department do?
The Highway Department is administered by an appointed county engineer and is broken down into administrative, engineering, and maintenance functional areas. While the functional areas provide distinct services; collaboration and coordination throughout the department, with other county departments and external agencies is standard operating procedure in service delivery.
The Highway Department is responsible for the management of capital infrastructure with costs of $88,375,726. This infrastructure consists of highways, bridges, buildings, and highway equipment.
The Steele County transportation infrastructure consists of over 377 centerline miles of road including 132 bridges. The highway system is categorized by funding sources. County State Aid Highways (CSAH) consist of 313 miles and gas tax revenue is distributed by the State of Minnesota to assist in the construction and maintenance of these highways. County Roads (CR) consist of 64 miles and the local property tax levy, wheelage tax and sales tax funds the construction and maintenance of these roads.
Since the flood of 2010, the maintenance operations have operated from a temporary leased facility located at 900 30th Place NW in Owatonna. Highway Department offices reside at the Annex Building at 635 Florence Avenue.
Highway Department equipment consists of 65 major units ranging from snow plow trucks, excavator, dozer, loader, backhoes, tractors, to pick-ups. Major to minor attachments make up an additional 20 pieces of equipment.
Highway Dept. Offices
Steele County Annex
635 Florence Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060
|Hours:||7:30 am to 4:00 pm (M-F)|
|(507) 583-2283 ------------||Blooming Prairie|
|(507) 684-2211 ------------||Ellendale|