The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Village of Sunrise Beach are financing a roadway widening of Highway 5 through town.
What it is
Similar in scope to a widening of Highway 5 completed in 2009 through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (federal stimulus), this cost-sharing project will widen about one mile of roadway to add a 12-foot center turn lane and create two 12-foot driving lanes from Singing Oaks Rd. to Jet Ski Rd. The roadway now consists of two 11-foot lanes.
With steeper roadsides along this stretch of highway than those in the 2009 scope of work, the overall price tag was originally budgeted at approximately $1.2 million overall — about $200,000 more than the 2009 construction. The village's half of the upcoming project was originally estimated to be about $714,681. That has been reduced to $634,511 by closing more entrances along the highway. The Camdenton R-III School District has agreed to the closing of the north entrance of Hurricane Deck Elementary. As the school is scheduled to be remodeled and expanded, part of that project will include limiting access to the campus via American Legion Drive.
The State Transportation Improvement Plan is set to be modified to push the project's bid letting schedule from November 2013 to January 2014 as a result of the last minute cost cutting and coordination. Officials believe the adjustment of the project's bid letting should not cause any issues with the overall completion of construction with the project only losing January and February. It is estimated that the work should still be done by the 2014 summer tourist season.