Key Largo Closure Forces Businesses to Close
OSAGE BEACH - The Missouri Department of Transportation closed Key Largo Road crossing U.S. Highway 54 in Osage Beach on April 28 because it was ruled dangerous to drivers.
Since the road opened in December 2011, there have been six collistions at the intersection, three of which were serious and one that was fatal.
"MoDOT believed that if it was left open, the way it was constructed, it would be their most dangerous intersection in the Central Missouri district," Osage Beach Fire Chief Jeffrey Dorhauer said.
But the closure has also become dangerous for nearby businesses.
Businesses on Osage Beach Parkway near the intersection have been suffering, not just because of the closure but also the new highway.
The Tailgate Party, a bar just on the other side of the parkway, has already closed. The Raceway Express gas station will close in the next week according to its owners.
"Now that they've closed this exit here, they just killed us. So, I mean, we don't have any business, like from 6 to 10 at night, maybe we just have 10, 15 people," Raceway Express owner Manisha Arya said.
An employee said that stretch of Osage Beach Parkway has become a ghost town.
MoDOT was unavailable for comment Tuesday due to a state holiday.