QUESTION: Last week, the Osage Beach mayor cast the deciding vote in favor of extending the current dead-end Osage Beach Parkway down to Route Y. What do you think of this decision? Will it open up business, or is it just wasted money on a space not favorable to business development?
Plan won’t prove viable in the long run
I feel that this decision is just another of many poor decisions made by the city over the bypass issues. The coupler, Jefferies Rd Exit, signage, and now, Key Largo. We are spending City revenue on a project that we do not have the resources to do.
An access road from Key Largo to Y Road, is primarily out of the city limits. Why are we building roads outside of the city with city money? It is a developers dream though. With the depressed land values of the west side property, and the unincorporated land west of the city, the city is building a road that will make, in time, the area from Key Largo to Y Road, viable property. It will serve no useful purpose to the strangling businesses from KK to Key Largo. I do not see the land owners west of Key Largo begging to annex into Osage Beach. Why do we need the right of way for the "service" road?
This at best would be a temporary "fix" and when it does not prove viable, we will spend more and more money to rectify a situation that should have been planned for in the beginning. Reference all the "Temporary" fixes to the intersections in Linn Creek.
Just another political misstep concerning the "Road To Branson".
Plan doesn’t use common sense
Well the beauty of this is it’s an opinion page. In my humble opinion, it’s a complete waste of money. Should have gone with the slip ramp (Easy access) off the east bound side, and reopened the currently closed left turn lane getting back onto the expressway. And as very few people currently exit the expressway at the first exit, what in the world makes the mayor think they will exit miles earlier? Only to be forced to drive at a reduced speed to get anywhere. (Hey, maybe they can get the same clown who designed snake road (aka 242) to design a scenic, curvy and slow extension to an already dead road). And who would open a business in Osage Beach now based on the recent past?
This just furthers my opinion of government today, as we see more and more, our politicians are not doing what we want, need or makes sense. They are doing what they believe are the politically correct, will generate more campaign dollars and will improve their chance of being reelected. What’s really nice is that most of us will live long enough to see this plan completed and can watch to see how just how effective it is. And just think, its taken our elected local leaders this long to come up with this potentially ineffective solution. And the local politicians will reap the benefits with further declining tax dollars to play with. Whatever happened to common sense?
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Plan will increase traffic to current business
A dead end road is not conducive to business. Therefore, Mayor Lyons decision is good because it will open it up for potential business use. In fact, current businesses on the present road will benefit from increased traffic.