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Welcome to our Department of Engineering!

Department Overview 

The Department of Engineering provides technical assistance to the city and the public on matters related to Civil Engineering. The Department is responsible for building and maintaining the Geographic Information System (GIS) which provides information on the location of utilities, property parcels, streets, alleys, etc.. The Department also administers the heavy maintenance of streets including sealcoat, slurry seal, asphalt caps, and replacement of hazardous sidewalks.  One primary duty is designing the annual street improvement project.  The worst streets, chosen from the annual Street Condition Ratings, are recommended to City Council for reconstruction.  The Department of Engineering provides project specifications and cost estimates to the City Council for decision making purposes as well as coordinating the entire construction process for projects that are undertaken; including the creation of bid specifications, conduct of the bid process, and inspection of work and materials during reconstruction.  Costs for reconstruction projects are shared by those directly benefiting from the project and the City at large. 

Oliver Street Reconstruction Phase I

Street construction beginning at N. Washington Street and ending at Oak Street, with water main replacement ending at Dewey Street.  Construction scheduled to begin May 15, 2017.  Updates to construction schedules will be posted as required. 

Consumers Energy will be replacing gas lines beginning the week of April 3, 2017 with completion expected near May 5, 2017.  Detours along Oliver Street will occur during April as Consumers Energy makes repairs and replacements to gas mains.  Detours will be lifted at the end of each working day, and resume again where required the following morning.  West bound traffic will detour to the north and east bound traffic will detour to the south. Cross streets north and south bound are not expected to be blocked.   

N. Chipman Street

  • N. Chipman Street beginning at W. Main Street/State Route M-21 to Beehler Street, expected to be closed to through traffic beginning April 13, 2017 through April 15, 2017 while performing water main connections. The detour route will be M-21 to N. Lansing, to Beehler Street.   Updates to construction schedules will be posted as required.
  • N. Chipman Street beginning at Stinson Street and ending at Shady Lane will have partial lane closures, commencing April 24, 2017 and ending May 31, 2017.  City crews will be making repairs and upgrades to the water main during this period, in preparation for street construction expected to commence in early July 2017.  Updates to construction schedules will be posted as required.

N. Chestnut Street & Bennett Field Drive

Water main construction will commence on April 3, 2017.  Construction along Bennett Field Drive is from Hoyt Street to N. Chestnut Street.  Construction along N. Chipman Street is from Bennett Field Drive to Babcock Street.  Construction crews will move through this area quickly, and will restore private property disturbed from construction activity.   

 All property owners along these streets where water main is being replaced will receive notification letters from the city regarding replacement of water services.  If your private property water service line is made of lead or galvanized material, you are strongly encouraged to replace it.  The city will provide the necessary piping materials to property owners at no expense.

Contact Information

Director of Public Services

Glenn Chinavare

City Engineer

Randy Chesney

Administrative Assistant

Debbie Hebert

Engineering Aide

George Scanlon


301 West Main
Owosso, MI 48867


Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm


(989) 725-0550 (Admin Asst)
(989) 725-0553 (Eng Aide)


(989) 723-8854