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  • Parkway extension could cost OB more than $1 million

  • It could cost the city of Osage Beach more than $1 million to re-open the dead-end Osage Beach Parkway and help fund the construction of an outer road to Y Road.
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  • It could cost the city of Osage Beach more than $1 million to re-open the dead-end Osage Beach Parkway and help fund the construction of an outer road to Y Road.
    MoDOT District Engineer David Silvester Thursday night outlined two options for the board of aldermen to consider if the city wants to move forward with providing two-way access to the Parkway at the west end of the city. One option is estimated to cost $3.97 million, and the other $3.49 million.
    Silvester said MoDOT officials have agreed to a one-third/one-third/one-third split of the cost. The city would pay one-third, MoDOT one-third and the other third from special cost-share funds. The city's share could be $1,323,518 or it could be $1,166,574, depending on which option is selected.
    Acquiring right-of-way for either option is a significant roadblock to the project. Silvester told the board of aldermen week that any property along the proposed outer road that is donated would be appraised and that amount deducted from the city's portion of the cost.
    That could save the city between $243,200 and $429,400.
    Another challenge is that the city would be using Osage Beach tax dollars on property outside the city limits. Annexation is possible, but that could only happen if contiguous property owners agree.
    Silvester said he doubts if the project could be started this fall. State funding requests can't be made until fall, the right-of-way acquisition will take time and bids can't be let until those issues are resolved.
    And the city has to find money for its share.
    Aldermen asked City Engineer Nick Edelman to begin the right-of-way inquiries and to develop funding ideas. They thanked Silvester and MoDOT for the quick response in providing the options.

    Outer Road
    The board was presented with two options for an outer road, which would be a two-way extension of the Parkway from where it dead-ends near Lazy Days Road west to Y Road.
    No decision has been made.
    The options are:
    Option 1 -- $3,970,555
    The road would closely follow the existing grade of the Highway 54 Expressway and would be separated from eastbound traffic on the Expressway by a continuous concrete barrier.
    Option 2 -- $3,499,724
    The road would use a more practical vertical alignment with the Expressway and in some areas would deviate away from the Expressway alignment and follow the existing ground contours. The new roadway would be visible along its entire route and would not disappear into the adjacent landscape.
    Silvester said most of the cost difference between the two options — just shy of a half million dollars — relates to the amount of work that will be needed on the existing outer road from Y Road to near Lamar Outdoors Advertising. The road would have to be widened and shoulders added in addition to actual construction.
    Page 2 of 2 - There would be some cost savings by using an existing pile of dirt near the Y Road interchange. Lighting, estimated at $415,534, would be the city's cost and is not included in the construction estimates.

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