The city is hoping to convince the Missouri Department of Transportation to add an exit ramp off the Osage Beach Expressway project  that would funnel traffic to near Mace Road.

Officials are concerned about the economic viability of the businesses from the Osage Beach city limits to near Route 42 when the expressway project changes the traffic flow.


The city is hoping to convince the Missouri Department of Transportation to add an exit ramp off the Osage Beach Expressway project  that would funnel traffic to near Mace Road.
Officials are concerned about the economic viability of the businesses from the Osage Beach city limits to near Route 42 when the expressway project changes the traffic flow.
According to the current expressway plans, the first interchange off the expressway will be at Lake Ozark. The second will be farther down closer to  Route 42.
Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons said the way it is designed now,  motorists would have to get off the expressway and back track to get to the businesses between the first and second interchange.
The city won’t be asking for an interchange, just a ramp to give motorists a way to get off the expressway earlier to reach places along existing Highway 54 like the Dumar Plaza and Prewitt’s Point.
“We feel it is a valid concern and one that we need to discuss with MoDOT,” Lyons said. “We just don’t know how many motorists would backtrack and we want to look out for the best interests of our business community.”
When completed in 2010, the $130 million expressway will wind around Osage Beach and reconnect with the existing Highway 54 past state Route KK.
When the expressway project is completed, the city will assume responsibility for the  8-mile stretch of highway that cuts through Osage Beach.  
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