Sidewalks for Osgood Avenue? County seeks input prior to design

The blue highlighted section represents the portion of Osgood Avenue included in a $2.4 million street project slated for 2018. (Map courtesy of Washington County)
The blue highlighted section represents the portion of Osgood Avenue included in a $2.4 million street project slated for 2018. (Map courtesy of Washington County)

Washington County is considering several options for trails and sidewalks along Osgood Avenue as part of an upgrade to a 1.5-mile stretch of the road in Stillwater and Oak Park Heights.

Public comments will be accepted online through Monday, May 1.

Improving pedestrian access is among the project goals, but the county wants to know the preferences of residents and the city officials.

Slated for construction in 2018, the project area runs between 50th Street North in Oak Park Heights/Baytown Township to Orleans Street East in Stillwater.

Project manager Allan Brandt said the county would like to add pedestrian facilities in the form of a sidewalk or trail from the entrance of Valley View Park to Orleans Street. At an open house last week, he presented several options for incorporating sidewalks or trails into the project.

North of Highway 36, the options being considered include:

• North A — no sidewalks or trails along Osgood.

• North B — 8-foot trail to the west of Osgood and 5-foot sidewalk to the east.

• North C — 8-foot trail only to the west of Osgood.

South of Highway 36, four options are being considered:

• South A — no sidewalks or trails along Osgood.

• South B — 5-foot sidewalk on both sides of Osgood.

• South C — 5-foot sidewalk only to the west of Osgood.

• South D — 5-foot sidewalk only to the east of Osgood.

All the options are available for viewing at bit.Ly/2pCKUG1. (Click on “All Options North of Hwy 36” and “All Options South of Hwy 36” for easy viewing.) A comment card will also be available online through Monday, May 1.

In addition to pedestrian improvements, the county plans to add turn lanes and upgrade the road for improved safety and storm water drainage.

The stretch of the road north of Highway 36 accommodates more than 10,000 vehicle trips a day, according to Brandt. This section needs complete reconstruction, and there are opportunities to improve storm water drainage.

South of Highway 36, the street is slated for a mill and overlay — the top few inches of asphalt will be ground up and replaced to create a new driving surface.

Brandt said the county also plans to add turn lanes to Osgood on both sides of 62nd Street and a center-left turn lane between 56th and 58th streets.

Overall the county expects the project to cost about $2.4 million, with the county’s share of money coming from state aid, and with the cities of Stillwater and Oak Park Heights participating in project costs, particularly those related to pedestrian facilities.

The county plans to create a preliminary design in May and have another open house for public feedback on the design in June. Construction is slated for 2018.

For more information on the project, go to www.co.washington.mn.us/2528/OsgoodAve.

Contact Jonathan Young at [email protected]