Nichols Road between the Highway 54 expressway and Osage Beach Parkway will get a facelift next year through a cooperative venture of the city and Lake Regional Health System.
Osage Beach Penny Lyons told the board of aldermen recently that a study to improve Nichols Road has been completed, property has been purchased and the area will be widened to accommodate the increased traffic and provide safe access to Lake Regional, the city’s largest employer.
Estimated project cost is $1.1 million, with the LRHS paying for the driveway from Nichols onto its property near the Imaging Center. No breakdown of cost is available as of yet.
The study was funded through TEAP (Traffic Engineering Assistance Program). which is intended to provide technical assistance to communities that lack expertise to adequately address local traffic problems.
Since the expressway opened last year, Nichols Road from the highway to Osage Beach Parkway has seen an increase in traffic. Ambulances that serve the lake area now use the expressway, which has resulted in higher use of Nichols Road.