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 start Friday, Feb. 17
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will start spring truck weight restrictions in the south, southeast and metro frost zones Friday, Feb. 17.
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.
This information is taken from: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/newsrels/17/02/14springweight.html
2016-2017 Residential Sidewalk Repairs
Residential sidewalks across Osseo will be inspected in September and October of 2016. Sidewalks in need of repair will be marked with a white "x".
If sidewalks abutting your property are identified as needing repair in the 2016 inventory, you will receive a letter with more information about the repairs and the City’s plan to share the cost for these repairs with residents. We expect to send this second letter in October.
The City plans to complete repairs at the start of the 2017 construction season, next spring.
If you have questions about the city’s sidewalk repair program, please visit the city's blog post about sidewalks.
Snow and Sidewalks
Osseo residents are reminded that citizens living in residential districts are required to completely clear public sidewalks within 24 hours of any snowfall. Failure to comply will result in potential citations to the property owner. If the City must clear the sidewalk after the property owner fails to do so, the property owner will be billed for that snow removal service. City crews will strive not to push snow up onto residential sidewalks.
Downtown Business Area
In the Fall 2014 the Osseo City Council adopted an ordinance which listed the requirements for snow removal from the sidewalks in the Central Business District and the R-2 Residential District (apartment areas along 1st Avenues). We hope to keep the Central Business District snow-free to allow residents and customers to park and walk in a safe and convenient manner.
City crews will remove the snow from streets as soon as possible and it is the responsibility of the property owners in the Central Business District and the R-2 Residential District to remove the snow from the sidewalk in front of their business. The City will vigorously enforce this ordinance and will have the snow removed from your property if you do not remove it.
Here is how this ordinance works:
1. During daylight hours (8 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week) you are required to remove the snow from the sidewalk within 4 (four) hours of when it was deposited. This means you have to remove it 4 hours after it starts snowing, even if it is still snowing. You will need to have the sidewalk shoveled all day between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.
2. If the snow falls outside of these hours, your responsibility will be to have the sidewalk snow removed as soon as possible after 8 AM and clearly by 12 Noon.
3. The snow should be completely removed from the sidewalk to the street.
Here are some examples:
A) If it starts snowing at midnight and stops at 5 AM, you should have the snow removed as soon as possible but by 12 Noon at the latest.
B) If it starts snowing at 9 AM and continues to snow until 6 PM, you should have the snow removed initially by 1 PM and then completely by 12 Noon the next day.
C) If it starts snowing at 1 PM and stops at 4 PM, snow should be removed by 5 PM same day.
What are the next steps?
1. If the snow is not removed by the required time, the police department will issue a ticket which will cost the property owner approximately $239.
2. If the snow is not removed within 24 hours of the issuance of the ticket, the City will have the snow removed and assess the property owner for the cost.
3. This ordinance will be enforced each snowfall 7 days a week.
We thank you for your help in making Osseo a walkable community under all conditions. If you have any questions on these rules, please call City Administrator Riley Grams at 763-425-3861.
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.
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.
Future Osseo Street Projects
2017 Alley & Street Reconstruction Projects
The City of Osseo is planning for the reconstruction of one alley between 5th & 6th Ave NE and 2nd and 3rd Streets SE, and 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues SE, planned for 2017.
To view the presentations made to City Council, click on 2017 Street Reconstruction or 2017 Alley Improvements.
The proposed alley improvements will consist of:
- Remove the existing alley surface
- Install a new concrete pavement
- Storm sewer improvements as needed
- Project is proposed to be funded in accordance with the City's special assessment policy for alley reconstruction
The proposed street improvements will consist of:
- Replacing the bituminous street pavement
- Curb replacement where necessary
- Rehabilitation of the water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer as needed
- Sidewalk replacement and installation
- Project is proposed to be funded in accordance with the City's special assessment policy for street reconstruction
A public informational meeting was held in November 2016 as one part of preparing a feasibility report for this project. A full feasibility report was reviewed by the Osseo City Council on November 28, 2016. At that time, the City Council approved the feasibility report, and authorized the preparation of final plans and specifications. The projects were ordered to proceed by the City Council, and an assessment hearing will be scheduled in the spring of 2017.
If you have any questions regarding this proposed project, please contact Osseo City Engineer Lee Gustafson, 763-762-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want more street project information? Stay tuned for construction bulletins and updates.