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Streets & Sidewalks

Sidewalk Inspection & Maintenance Policy

On September 12, 2016, the City Council approved a Sidewalk Inspection & Maintenance Policy.  The policy provides standard specifications for sidewalk construction in residential areas. It also sets a timeline for regularly inspecting and repairing residential sidewalks. In periods between inspections, Public Works staff are allowed to make patches with asphalt or other durable materials. Residents who want to do work on their own sidewalks must apply for a Sidewalk Permit for work in the City Right of Way.


Spring truck weight restrictions in effect for south, metro frost zones

The Minnesota Department of Transportation started spring truck weight restrictions in the south, southeast and metro frost zones Monday, March 5.

Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “seasonal load limits,” and then “spring load restrictions.”

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal.

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate through movements.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted.

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength.

MnDOT will report ending dates on its 24-hour automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada, and locally at 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St.Paul area.

City streets allow residents and visitors safe and easy routes of travel around the City. Streets are maintained throughout the year by the Public Services Department.

Street Lights

To report a street light that is out or blinking, call City Hall, 763-425-2624, ext. 101, or email with the exact location of the problem light, and include a house/street address and the nearest intersection. Please include whether the street light is out or blinking. If you choose, you may also contact Xcel Energy's Outdoor Lighting Outages at 1-800-960-6235 directly or at their website to Report an Outdoor Lighting Outage online.

Osseo Street Projects

2018 Alley and Street Reconstruction Informational Meeting was held Nov. 2, 2017 at the Osseo Community Center.

The alleys proposed for reconstruction are located in between 2nd and 3rd Avenue NE and the alley between 5th and 6th Avenue NE from 4th Street NE to 93rd Avenue NE, as shown on the map below.


2018 Alley Reconstruction
The proposed improvements will consist of:
• Remove the existing alley surface
• Install new concrete pavement
• Fix underground storm sewer as needed
• Project is proposed to be funded with City funding and special assessments in accordance with the City’s special assessment policy for alley reconstruction.

Downloadable files:
Feasibility Report for the Alley between 5th & 6th Avenues (11,360 KB)
Feasibility Report for the Alley between 2nd & 3rd Avenues (19,940 KB)

The streets proposed for reconstruction include portions of 4th Street NE, 4th Avenue NE, and 6th Avenue NE, as shown on the map below.


2018 Street Reconstruction
The proposed improvements will consist of:
• Replacement of the bituminous street pavement
• Curb replacement where necessary
• Rehabilitation of the storm sewer as needed
• Sidewalk replacement and installation (Sidewalk Meeting scheduled Tuesday, December 5 at 6 pm)
• Project is proposed to be funded in accordance with the City’s special assessment policy for street reconstruction

Downloadable File:

Feasibility Report for the Street Project (18,161 KB)

FUTURE ACTIONS: If the project is ordered to proceed by the City Council, an assessment hearing would be scheduled in the spring of 2018. At that time, it is not likely changes could be made to the project.

ANY QUESTIONS: Please contact City Engineer Lee Gustafson at 763-762-2821 or lgustafson@wsbeng.com

Future projects

Do you want more future street project information? A map showing proposed future plans can be viewed here. Stay tuned for construction bulletins and updates.


Complete Streets Policy

Safety and efficiency of our street network is a key concern in Osseo.  Streets, sidewalks, boulevards, and other right-of-way components affect quality of life. In light of these factors, the City adopted a Complete Streets Policy in August of 2017. You can review the policy here.

Complete Streets policies are ‘high level’ directional policies. They are intended to produce long-term results. Results come through incremental changes in routine decision-making processes regarding streets. The policy does NOT require:

  • immediate changes to roads;
  • accommodations for all transportation modes on all streets;
  • “no exceptions” to incorporating Complete Streets elements in a project; or
  • one specific design for all future street projects.


2016-2017 Residential Sidewalk Repairs

The City completed repairs during the summer of the 2017. 

Due to lower-that-expected costs, the City has been able to fund the entire project with federal Community Development Block Grant funds and an additional contribution from the State of Minnesota’s Small Cities Assistance Program. Under these special circumstances, there will be no property owner contribution required for the 2017 Sidewalk Repairs.

We thank you for your patience during this project, and hope that everyone in the community will be able to enjoy the new sidewalks.

If you have questions about the city’s sidewalk repair program, please visit the city's blog post about sidewalks.



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