“It is my belief that MoDOT should at least study and begin looking at scoping the rest of the area west 5 lanes to the City Limits,” Hancock wrote. “Robert Lynch of MoDOT has informed me that the capacity of the current 3 lane 54 west highway is 17,500 a day. This is obviously not good for the Lake Area as a whole… We are fast reaching a Lake of the Ozarks 'traffic crisis situation.”
With increasing growth in the western portion of Camden County, including Ballparks of the Ozarks and Old Kinderhook, the U.S. Hwy. 54 corridor through Camdenton has begun to reach maximum traffic capacity and action should be taken sooner rather than later, according to a report from City Administrator Jeff Hancock.
Hancock recently sent a letter to Camden County Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty and the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Government’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), which makes recommendations to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) on what local governments would like to see included in the state’s five-year transportation improvement plan. The letter expressed the importance of expanding the highway to five lanes from the square to the western city limits.
The city has a potential redesign in Destination Camdenton that includes the possible use of Illinois St. as an additional diversion to some of the Hwy. 54 traffic coming through the square.
“It is my belief that MoDOT should at least study and begin looking at scoping the rest of the area west 5 lanes to the City Limits,” Hancock wrote. “Robert Lynch of MoDOT has informed me that the capacity of the current 3 lane 54 west highway is 17,500 a day. This is obviously not good for the Lake Area as a whole… We are fast reaching a Lake of the Ozarks ‘traffic crisis situation.”
According to the data provided, W. Hwy. 54 at Oak Park Ct. (900 block), averaged a weekday total of 13,431 and a weekend total of 14,142 cars from June 15-21, 2015. At W. Hwy 54 at Ha Ha Tonka (300 block), the average traffic count for weekdays was 17,207 and 14,101 for weekends, according to a traffic count conducted the week of Nov. 4-10, 2015.
Hancock’s letter also states an additional expansion project should be included and titled; “First South Element from Pier 31 Intersection to Highway F of the Highway 5 North Project.” Hancock notes that while design has not been completed, the environmental review has been completed and it would be a project that could be “completed when and if the so called Trump Infrastructure money begins to come in.”
On another note, Hancock wrote, that the TAC should include a MoDOT scoping project for four lanes/super two etc., for those tourists, visitors and citizens trying to get to and from Kansas City and the Lake of the Ozarks.