The stage is set for revamping the Key Largo intersection in Osage Beach after the board of aldermen Thursday night approved a cost apportionment agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
The intent of the agreement is to establish the city's lump sum share in making safety improvements to the intersection near the west end of Osage Beach. Key Largo has long been a source of discussion between the board and MoDOT officials since it opened more than a year ago. The deadly intersection has been revamped at least twice and was closed for several months while a permanent solution was found.
The one-time cost to the city is $99,318 with MoDOT picking up the balance of the $538,698 project. MoDOT wanted the city's guarantee it will pay its share before taking the project to bid late this month or early October. Construction is expected to start next spring.
The agreement also includes construction of a truss-mounted sign in lieu of a post-mount sign near the expressway exit ramp marking the intersection.
Aldermen voted unanimously to extend the city's lease of two electronic billboards with Lamar Advertising through Dec. 29 after the city received overwhelming support from the community. The billboards are located at each end of the Grand Glaize Bridge, and the city's messages alternate with other announcements and advertisements.
The original contract was set to expire Oct. 7, but aldermen discussed earlier this month the benefits of extending the contract since the additional cost of $9,000.
City staff was asked Sept. 5 to get feedback from residents and business owners about the possibility of the city extending the billboard advertisements through the end of the year. The feedback was supportive, with only one person saying they had not seen the city's message. Another individual suggested adding the word "Attractions" to the billboard, which was done within a week.
The City Park, badly damaged in the early August flash flooding and torrential rains, probably won't open until spring.
Aldermen learned that the city's insurance carrier and FEMA have reviewed the damage. The governor and president have declared lake-area counties a disaster, which should expedite funds for repairs.
City Administrator Nancy Viselli said FEMA will help cover costs that the insurance company will not, and a list of projects is being compiled. It's believed FEMA funds will help alleviate possible future problems through hazardous mitigation grants. An emergency spillway that feeds into a drainage ditch is possible.
A request for public assistance has been filed with the federal government, and city officials expect to meet with FEMA officials in the next couple of months.
Alderman last spring approved a comprehensive turf management program for the ballparks, and all of that work has been washed away. City staff will work with the turf company to keep the project moving forward, although repairs should be made before the project resumes.
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The city is moving closer to taking over ownership and maintenance of Osage Beach Parkway as part of an agreement with MoDOT after the expressway was opened.
The city anticipates a Dec. 1 takeover of the roadway. Aldermen were asked to look over the Parkway carefully and provide a list of issues by the Oct. 3 regular meeting.