The Missouri Department of Transportation will be spending more than $80,000 to install new signs along Highway 54 expressway through Osage Beach.
The move by MoDOT is in response to a request from the city of Osage Beach.
The new signs will designate Osage Beach Parkway as Business 54.
After months of controversy and discussions over the impact of the expressway on businesses along the eight mile stretch of highway, the city changed the name of the parkway to Osage Beach Parkway/Business 54 hoping to help businesses attract more traffic west of the Grand Glaize Bridge.
According to MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch, the signs will dually designate the stretch of Osage Beach Parkway that is home to numerous businesses, restaurants, shops and other destinations as both Osage Beach Parkway and Business 54. The name change and the signs are meant to help motorists more readily recognize the parkway as the Osage Beach business district, he said.
On Tuesday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract to Superior Rail System, LLC, to install the signs at a cost of $87,615.
"The intent behind the new signs is to help identify Osage Beach Parkway as a business hub and provide an additional way to highlight businesses in the Lake area to travelers," said Lynch.
The installation of the signs should be complete by early July. More than 50 signs are included in the project. Anywhere there is a sign that references Osage Beach Parkway, a new sign will be installed, according to Lynch.
For more information:1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.