Osborne Road (CSAH 8) Transportation Improvement Project

Introduction

In late 2015, Anoka County initiated a corridor study of the one-mile section of Osborne Road between University Avenue (Highway 47) and Highway 65 to evaluate potential transportation improvements to the corridor that would benefit users of the roadway, as well as nearby residents.

The study revealed that while Osborne Road continued to serve a major travel function, traffic volumes had decreased over the last several years and were lower than they were in 1986.   Considering this, along with other factors such as safety considerations, Anoka County decided to evaluate the roadway design (currently four lanes) to determine if modifications could be made to make it more conducive to the needs of the neighborhood, particularly related to narrowing the travel-way to make it easier for pedestrians to cross.

* Final Study Report - CSAH 8 Roadway Modification (PDF)  

Funding Awarded
In 2017, Anoka County was awarded federal Highway Safety Improvement Funding (HSIP) to improve Osborne Road (Anoka County State Aid Highway 8) between University Avenue (Minnesota State Highway 47) and Central Avenue (Minnesota State Highway 65).   From the corridor study, which included several open houses to gather public input, a design was chosen that entails narrowing the roadway to one lane of traffic in each direction, plus a center-turn lane to accommodate left-turning vehicles.   This allows for opportunities to include additional features to the network that improve the safety and usability of the road.  In fact, the safety improvements realized from this design were the reason the project was able to secure HSIP funding.

Improvements
For the entire roadway, shoulder space or pull over areas are included to provide space for bus stop locations and/or emergency vehicle pull overs.  Also, pedestrian accommodations will be improved though enhanced roadway crossings that will include pedestrian refuge islands and an actuated flasher system to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians.  The project also includes improvements at intersections (addition or lengthening of turn-lanes), and the reconstruction of the bike path on the north side of the roadway, which is in dire need of repair.

Anoka County is currently in the design process to determine the final layout for the project.  As with the corridor study, Anoka County will be holding informational meetings during the design period to visit and answer questions from the public.  These meetings will be scheduled to run from 4:30 to 6:30 with a brief presentation at 5:00.  See below for specific information about these meetings as the project progresses.

1-Page Project Information Sheet (PDF)


Public Outreach

Open House No. 1: 
Time: Thursday, April 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Emmanuel Christian Center (ECC), 7777 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN

Materials
* Osborne Road Open House 1 invite – April 4 (PDF)  
* Osborne Road Open House – Presentation (PDF)
* Osborne Road Open House – Draft – Preliminary Layout (PDF)


Project Contacts

If you have any questions about the proposed project or would like to comment on any aspect of the project, please contact either of the representatives below:

Jack Forslund, Planner
763-324-3179;  Email

Joe MacPherson, Assistant County Engineer
763-324-3199; Email