Motorists in the Osage Beach area will notice new highway signs going up along Highway 54 expressway through Osage Beach beginning today. The new signs designate the Osage Beach Parkway as Business 54.
The contractor on the project, Superior Rail, will install the signs during the day this week and at night next week. This week, drivers should be prepared for daytime lane closures at various locations on the Osage Beach Parkway, as well as some shoulder closures during the day on the Route 54 expressway. Next week, motorists will experience nighttime lane closures for short periods of time on the expressway. The sign installation will be completed by July 1.
"We'll have the signs in place in time to help direct Fourth of July holiday traffic to Osage Beach Parkway businesses," said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Bob Lynch. "The new signs are meant to help identify Osage Beach Parkway as a business hub and provide an additional way to highlight businesses in the Lake area to travelers."
The signs are being erected at the request of the City of Osage Beach, which recently changed the name of the parkway to Osage Beach Parkway/Business 54. The signs will dually designate the stretch of Osage Beach Parkway that is home to numerous Lake-area 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.