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  • Key Largo improvements set for April

  • The city of Osage Beach may have lost out on state cost-share funding for extension of the Parkway, but plans are in place for renovation of the Key Largo intersection on the west end of the city.
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  • The city of Osage Beach may have lost out on state cost-share funding for extension of the Parkway, but plans are in place for renovation of the Key Largo intersection on the west end of the city.
    Area MoDOT Engineer Bob Lynch said a pre-construction meeting is planned this week in anticipation of work beginning sometime in April. APAC of Missouri was awarded the $430,000 contract Feb. 12 and is targeted to have the revamped intersection reopened by Memorial Day.
    The intersection will be closed down completely for about 30 days beginning April while APAC crews rework the beleaguered intersection. Lynch said Osage Beach city officials, affected property owners in the Key Largo area and MoDOT agreed to close the intersection for a shorter period of time rather than leave the area open for an extended time while the work is completed.
    MoDOT closed the Key Largo Road in April of 2012 after six accidents, two of them fatal, within a four-month period. MoDOT later re-opened it after adding an eastbound acceleration lane and preventing drivers from turning left from Key Largo onto Highway 54 expressway.
    “We’re looking for a ‘friendlier’ exit from the expressway onto Osage Beach Parkway,” Lynch explained. The acceleration ramp from Key Largo onto eastbound lanes of the expressway will also be improved. There isn’t an acceleration lane there now.
    The exit from the expressway onto Key Largo will be made “softer” to lessen the angle of the curve onto the Parkway, Lynch explained.
    “We’re going to improve on and off traffic to be more like an interchange design,” the area engineer said. “The acceleration lane to the east will be a plus.”
    With all of the improvements, the traffic flow at the intersection will not change. A left turn from Key Largo onto westbound lanes of the expressway will still be prevented, but a left-hand turn from the expressway onto Key Largo will still be allowed.
    In addition, the city of Osage Beach agreed to pay for an overhead truss sign at a cost of about $16,000 that announces Key Largo as the first entrance into the city.
    “The area will be cleaned up and will provide a nicer way and in out of the city,” Lynch explained.
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