New Osage Beach Roads Cause Frustration
OSAGE BEACH - A new road in Osage Beach opened up Monday, causing confusion for drivers. The new Osage Beach Parkway South, along with the already-completed Osage Beach Parkway North, create a loop on either side of Highway 54 creating one way traffic around the city. Many business owners liked the roads the way they were before the new addition.
The one-way traffic puts many businesses in what they consider to be hard-to-reach spots, hurting their business. McDonald's manager Amy Stacy said, "We've done completely dropped a lot of business from what we have on most Mondays." She went on to call the new roads "stupid", and said "nobody understands the point of it."
MoDOT built these new roads in an attempt to keep traffic off Highway 54 in Osage Beach that doesn't need to be there, such as trucks. The roads are still under contrsuction, which creates more confusion. According to one business owner, however, "in another week it's all gonna make sense."