Owatonna is located on Interstate Highway 35 providing a freeway connection to not only the Twin Cities but also to Kansas City and down through Dallas-Ft. Worth. Owatonna is also less than 35 miles from an interchange with Interstate Highway 90 which connects the east and west coasts. Owatonna is served with four interstate interchanges of which two directly serve our industrial areas.
Owatonna is also located on U.S. Highway 14. The State of Minnesota recently upgraded this important highway to four lanes dramatically improving our highway connections in southern Minnesota and beyond. A new interchange onto the upgraded Hwy. 14 has been constructed along with a connecting beltline road that provides additional access into the growing Owatonna industrial park.
Two rail freight lines and multiple trucking options serve local manufacturers and distributors, advancing Owatonna’s reputation as a regional transportation hub. Owatonna is served by three railroads. The Union Pacific provides a north/south connection, while the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern (DM&E) operates an east to west route from Wyoming to the Mississippi River. The DM&E also owns and connects to the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad in Owatonna for access to markets in Minneapolis and Chicago.
Owatonna has developed one of the premier small airports in Minnesota. Owatonna’s dual-runway airport provides local businesses with convenient access to Midwest suppliers and customers.Owatonna Regional Degner Airport’s 5,500 foot lighted runway is long enough to land a 737 jet and the precision instrument landing system is a rarity among small public airports. A second, 3,000 foot crosswind runway is scheduled to be built in the near future.