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.
|County Highway Engineer:||
Greg Ilkka, P.E.
|Assistant County Engineer:||Paul Sponholz, P.E.
|Highway Maintenance Oper.:||
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.
Five buildings make up the maintenance complex at 828 Hoffman Drive and North Street. Since the flood of 2010, the maintenance operations moved to a temporary leased facility located at 900 30th Place NW. 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)||April 11 thru Oct. 31|
|(507) 583-2283 ------------||Blooming Prairie|
|(507) 684-2211 ------------||Ellendale|