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  • No decision on Key Largo yet

  • Orange cones blocking one lane of traffic at the Highway 54 and Key Largo Road intersection will remain in place through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Area Engineer Bob Lynch said officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation are still looking and an...
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  • Orange cones blocking one lane of traffic at the Highway 54 and Key Largo Road intersection will remain in place through the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
    Area Engineer Bob Lynch said officials at the Missouri Department of Transportation are still looking and analyzing several different impacts depending on how the intersection is changed. At the top of their concerns is how other access points to Highway 54 will be effected.
    Lynch said the department doesn't want to solve the high number of crashes at one intersection only to create more accidents at other intersections along the new Highway 54.
    Another concern, Lynch said, was the signs directing traffic and notifying people of the changes.
    Ever since the lane was blocked for vehicles on Osage Beach Parkway attempting to enter Highway 54 at the Key Largo Road intersection, the number of complaints has gone up significantly of vehicles turning around at the end of the parkway.
    There are traffic signs placed at the Route KK intersection and along the highway notifying motorists of the change, but some people are ignoring them, Lynch said.
    There have also been complaints of motorists attempting to drive around the blocked lane to turn onto the highway.
    The orange cones went up earlier this month after a fatality accident occurred caused by a vehicle turning left at the intersection and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
    MoDOT officials were already discussing plans to modify the intersection because of the large amount of cars using the intersection and the number of serious crashes that occurred within the first several months of 2012. A public forum was held several days before the fatality crash to gather input from the community about possible solutions.
    After the crash, the orange cones went up immediately limiting access.
    Lynch said they are still looking at several different options, one of which could be that access to the highway from the Osage Beach Parkway side could be the permanent solution.
     
     
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