Minnesota is well-known for two seasons – the never-ending winter season and, of course, road construction season. This year, ground zero for both seasons is right here in Osseo. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has begun construction at the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 30 (93rd Avenue) to include some much needed improvements. Construction even started before the snow has had a chance to melt. Bright orange road construction signs are a real barrier to those who use the familiar north entrance into Osseo. While the interchange is in dire need of a face lift, doing so cuts off an important access point for the City of Osseo.
Rest assured, Osseo is still accessible – it just takes a little more planning. Many years ago, Jefferson Highway was the main thoroughfare in and out of Osseo. This familiar road still passes right through downtown Osseo – we just call it Central Avenue.
From the north (and south), Old Jefferson Highway provides a true path into the heart of Osseo. From Anoka and points north, exit Highway 169 earlier at 109th Avenue in Champlin and head west. Just a few hundred feet away, turn left (south) onto Old Jefferson Highway. About 5 minutes later (after flying over Interstate 610) you will be cheering as you arrive at the edge of Osseo.
To borrow a line from a popular commercial – “That was easy!”
Fear not, however, if you happen to be riding with one of those distracted drivers and miss the 109th Street turn. Continue on down Highway 169 to the off-ramp at 85th Avenue. Stay left on the off-ramp and look for signs to County Road 81 North. Two right turns later and you are in Osseo on the southeast side.
Road construction can be a barrier for residents and visitors of Osseo. Many times the city gets cut off during much needed infrastructure improvements. But we’re here to help guide you right to our downtown businesses, regardless of construction detours. You can always get more information from our website, which outlines the project, provides updates and schedules, and contact information should you have any questions or concerns. So set Osseo, Minnesota as a destination in your GPS and come by to visit! You’re always welcome in Osseo.
Riley Grams, City Planner, City of Osseo