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  • Osage Beach has six highway sign options

  • Osage Beach aldermen will have six options to consider for new signage along the Expressway when they meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the city hall.
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  • Osage Beach aldermen will have six options to consider for new signage along the Expressway when they meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the city hall.
    The meeting is open to the public.
    As promised, MoDOT District Engineer Dave Silvester sent a letter to the city outlining the sign ideas and explaining cost factors. Osage Beach aldermen, business owners and visitors have urged the city and MoDOT for several months to consider changing the signage to focus more on the business district as the businesses have seen declining revenues since the Expressway opened — especially west of Grand Glaize Bridge.
    He promised the city last week that MoDOT would pay the cost of new or different signs.
    The options are:
    Scenario A – To change signs throughout the entire length of Osage Beach:
    Option 1: To replace Business 54 on all signs that currently say Osage Beach Parkway – cost $47,000.
    Option 2: To add Business 54 to all signs so both Osage Beach Parkway and Business 54 are on each sign – cost $251,000. The cost includes $55,000 for new signs, $124,000 for two new trusses and $72,000 for three new cantilever trusses.
    Scenario B – Name changes north/east of Grand Glaize Bridge only:
    Option 1: To replace Business 54 on all signs that currently say Osage Beach Parkway – cost $31,000.
    Option 2: To add Business 54 to all signs so both Osage Beach Parkway and Business 54 are on each sign – cost $85,000. The cost includes $37,000 for new signs and $48,000 for two new cantilever trusses.
    Scenario C – Name changes south/west of the Grand Glaize Bridge only:
    Option 1: To replace Business 54 on all signs that currently say Osage Beach Parkway – cost $16,000
    Option 2: To add Business 54 to all signs so both Osage Beach Parkway and Business 54 are on each sign – cost $43,000. The cost includes $19,000 for signs and $24,000 for one new cantilever truss.
    The two trusses to be replaced in Scenario A are on each side of the Grand Glaize Bridge, and each of the trusses has four signs. Two of these signs would increase in size causing each truss to be replaced. According to Silvester, this is not the situation in the other two scenarios since only one of the four signs on each truss will increase in size.

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