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  • TAC whittles down project ideas

  • After the close of the community transportation survey, leaders from around the region were scheduled to meet April 4 and develop a draft list of traditional and multi-modal transportation projects to submit to the Missouri Department of Transportation after a public hearing and finalization of the list later in the month.
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  • After the close of the community transportation survey, leaders from around the region were scheduled to meet April 4 and develop a draft list of traditional and multi-modal transportation projects to submit to the Missouri Department of Transportation after a public hearing and finalization of the list later in the month.
    After planning meetings by the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG) Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) held in March, several already-identified highway projects were put on the list for each of the four counties within the LOCLG — Camden, Morgan, Miller and Laclede. A few new ideas — mainly alternative mode concepts outside of roads and bridges — were also added to each county list.
    An online survey was then opened to the public to take additional ideas and to try to gauge the community's priorities.
    At a meeting last week, the TAC reviewed the survey, using the results to also develop a scoring matrix that will help narrow in on five road and bridge projects and five multi-modal projects from each county.
    The matrix will score projects in categories of Highway, Transit and Bike/Pedestrian under the MoDOT pillars of maintenance, safety, economic development and alternative transportation as well as projects already in an existing transportation plan.
    Based on the survey, weighting factors for Highway projects include a total of 30 points for subcategory factors under economic development compared to 10 total points for maintenance of an existing highway. Safety and alternative transportation modes has up to 20 total points each. Different point totals are available under the pillars for transit and bike/pedestrian projects.
    The list of 40 projects for the region will then be open for public comment at a hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Camden County Courthouse before being finalized by the TAC and sent on to Central District officials within MoDOT.
    With local officials from MoDOT's Central District, state transportation officials will then narrow the list further to become part of a state-wide transportation project priority list that could possibly be part of a bid to seek additional funding from Missouri voters.
    A resolution to place a sales tax for state transportation before voters has been proposed in the state legislature this session.
    According to LOCLG staff, the majority of recommendations from the survey, closed March 31, on the Camden County list pertained to fixing or replacing Routes MM, TT and F - the connecting route between the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge and Hwy. 5. There were also many comments on expansion of public transportation throughout the area, although not providing exact locations. Sidewalks, pedestrian attachments and bike paths were also of major interest to survey participants with several project areas suggested.
    Expansions and improvements for Camdenton, Lee C. Fine and Grand Glaize airports were also mentioned multiple times as was extension of the Osage Beach Parkway, different fixes or expansions for Hwys. 5 and 7 and fixing the Hwy. 54-Osage Beach Parkway exit issue affecting west end businesses in Osage Beach. Roadway safety improvements such as the addition of shoulders and better signage were also included as well as new bridges in Linn Creek.
    Page 2 of 3 - Improvements to Routes 42 were mentioned in the survey for both Camden and Miller county lists.
    There were also some pretty large-scale suggestions for the region and beyond that showed up in the Camden County list, including extension of Amtrak rail service to the Lake of the Ozarks, bike paths connecting Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks, a four lane highway from I-70 in the Fulton area to Hwy. 54 in Lake Ozark and a four-lane corridor from Hwy. 50 to Camdenton.
    As a sign perhaps of the number of part time residents and visitors to the Lake area, there was also a suggestion for a four-lane highway from Mexico, Mo. to New London, Mo. in northern Missouri.
    A majority of survey responses for Miller County pertained to utilizing the Rock Island trail for another form of transportation as well as for recreation, according to LOCLG staff. Some of the different suggestions included the trail from Eldon to Lake Ozark and possibly beyond and a bike path connecting Jefferson City and Lake of the Ozarks.
    Other comments for Miller County included many on improving truck signage at Hwy. 87 in Eldon and improvements to Tavern Creek Bridge and the overpass at Hwy. 54 and FF.
    Other mentions in the survey included, expanded rural transit services, expansion of the Eldon airport, safety improvements to side routes, improvements to Routes W and 87 and for Hwy. 52 from Hwy. 17 to St. Elizabeth, asphalting of gravel right-of-ways connected to highways.
    With the old Rock Island railway line running through both Morgan and Miller counties and beyond, it was also proposed and supported by the survey to extend the Rails to Trails project centered around Eldon beyond the original scope.
    The majority of comments for Morgan County included expansion of the Oats public transit service, tax and medical assistance services. There were secondly many requests for expansion of sidewalks that are ADA-compliant as well as promotion of alternative forms of transportation. Several responses also addressed an overall need for continued and improved maintenance, signage and turn lane improvements along Hwys. 5, 52, 135 and Route MM.
    Also mentioned more than once in the survey was a better roadway from Cole Camp to Sunrise Beach to better access to the Lake area from Kansas City, improvements to the Versailles airport and a revamp of lettered highways.
    For Laclede County, the majority of responses in the survey suggested improving the connection between Hwy. 5 and I-44 by creating a new roadway over or under the BNSF railroad. There were also many comments on expansion of public transportation throughout the area, but again, with little in the way of specifics. People were also interested in expanding sidewalks or putting in bike paths with Lebanon. Turning issues and signal lights on E. Hwy. 32 were also addressed.
    Page 3 of 3 - Other mentions included developing a hub station for Greyhound buses in Lebanon, improvements to a couple of bridges in the area and improvements to the Lebanon airport.

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