New interchange proposed for Hwy 54 and Route W

10 months 6 days 23 hours ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:12:00 PM CST November 16, 2017 in News
By: Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The intersection of Highway 54 & Route W could see a $10-$12 million makeover in Fall 2019.

The new intersection will have connector roads, a bridge and ramps to get on-and-off the highway, instead of driving straight onto Highway 54 from a stoplight.

The Missouri Department of Transportation proposed a new intersection to the public at a meeting Thursday night at Heritage Elementary School.

MoDOT said there's been three fatal accidents and around 20 accidents at this intersection in the past five years.

MoDOT said this new intersection will make travel safer and help with the traffic flow. It plans to get rid of the intersection where cars go directly onto Highway 54.

Right now there is a signal at the intersection, "it's the only signal between Camdenton and Kingdom City, so with the project we're looking to remove the signalized intersection and replace it with a grade separated interchange," Troy Hughes, MoDOT Project Manager said.

There will still be four lanes on Highway 54, but there will be a small median dividing east and westbound traffic. The new interchange will be similar to the interchange at Osage Beach Expressway.

The proposed plan is to put a diamond interchange, but not a diverging diamond, "which is a popular thing being built across the state." Hughes said there was a misconception that there would be a diverging diamond interchange. However, "at this point we're not expecting it to be a diverging diamond interchange," Hughes said.

Debra Chaney lives at the Osage National Golf Course and uses Highway 54 often. She said, "that intersection off of 54 is our primary paved route to digress from the subdivision and move into westbound 54 to go into Osage Beach."

Chaney said the meeting was, "helpful and they provided a way for us to make comments on any concerns that we had about the proposed new intersection and new route," Chaney said one of her concerns is, "we need to be able to have easy access to get into the areas we need to do our shopping and so on."

Right now we are just looking at the concept and location of where we got the interchange and getting feedback on that." Hughes said, as they go forward, they will look at what type of interchange they will put there.

"We wanted to ask some questions to make sure that they took into consideration there are permanent residents that need to come in and out of that subdivision, as they plan and begin the construction on the new route," Chaney said.

Hughes said the money for the project is a part of MODOT's money from gas taxes and, "some of the money is designated for a safety project."

Hughes said MoDOT plans to bid for the project in June 2019. "A lot of work to be done before then," Hughes said.

MoDOT plans to start construction in Fall 2019 and the project will completed in Fall 2021.

"It is a concept and once we get feedback from tonight, we will move forward with design, if the feedback is positive we will come back to public with more details in the Spring," Hughes said.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Missouri Task Force 1 is in Kinston, North Carolina waiting for its next mission. The task force's... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:58:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford said in a statement on Sunday that she has committed to testifying in... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:31:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:27:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Tour Championship (all times local): 5:58 p.m. Tiger Woods is a... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:12:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - According to Missouri state law, all children over the age of eight do not have to ride in... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:51:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are searching for a person who ran away from a traffic stop in south Columbia around... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:22:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Both China and the United States' newest round of tariffs go into effect on Monday. The US' tariffs... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:51:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 100 activists walked around Stephens Lake Park on Sunday to raise money and awareness to end hunger... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 11:58:00 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person died and another was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning. Police said Perri A.... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:57:00 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball forward Mitchell Smith was arrested early Sunday morning by the Boone County Sheriff's Department and charged... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in Sports
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a 2012 police chase... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:27:14 AM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – About one in 10 children are subject to sexual abuse, according to a local expert on the subject.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:18:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A water main break in MU's Hearnes Center early Saturday morning caused at least $100,000 worth of damage,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:17:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department responded to shots fired at a McDonald's located at 303 S. Business 54 early... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:16:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
AUXVASSE - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office arrested five people Friday morning during a narcotics search at a residence in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 4:16:00 PM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
FESTUS (AP) — A man and his adult son were killed when their small plane crashed near... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU partnered with two local groups to host a Chinese Moon Festival Saturday night at Twin Lake Recreational... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 22 2018 Sep 22, 2018 Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:02:00 AM CDT September 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 68°
5am 66°
6am 65°
7am 64°
8am 62°