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  • Construction complete, Key Largo/Highway 54 intersection reopens

  • The Key Largo intersection at the west end of Osage Beach reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed about a month for reconstruction to address traffic flow and safety concerns.
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  • The Key Largo intersection at the west end of Osage Beach reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed about a month for reconstruction to address traffic flow and safety concerns.
    APAC of Missouri was awarded the $430,000 contract Feb. 12. closed the Key Largo Road in April 2012 after six accidents ― two of them fatal ― within a four-month period.
    The Missouri Department of Transportation later re-opened the intersection after adding an eastbound acceleration lane and preventing drivers from turning left from Key Largo onto Highwyay 54 expressway. Motorists continued to misuse the intersection, many illegally turning left (west) onto the expressway despite road markers. MoDOT’s decision to revamp the intersection was also impacted by business and property owners who complained to the city of Osage Beach and MoDOT that traffic flow to the west end of the Parkway decreased considerably after the Key Largo intersection and Expressway were opened.
    An acceleration ramp from Key Largo onto eastbound lanes of the expressway was added, and the exit ramp from the expressway onto Key Largo and Osage Beach Parkway was softened to allow for easier access to the Parkway.
    With all of the improvements, the traffic flow at the intersection has not changed. 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.
    Osage Beach Police, APAC and MoDOT officials were onsite Wednesday morning to access the changes. They noted several vehicles exiting from the Expressway onto Key Largo and then the Parkway were not following lane markings. Consideration was being given to adding turn lane markers to ease the temporary confusion.
    As part of the agreement, 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.

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