Drivers using the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge can expect some traffic along the route from Sunrise Beach to Lake Ozark for the next couple of months.

Drivers using the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge can expect some traffic along the route from Sunrise Beach to Lake Ozark for the next couple of months.

Safety improvement work began this week in Camden County as Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews prepare to build two-foot shoulders on portions of Routes F, TT and MM from Highway 5 to the toll bridge, according to a press release from the department.

Material for the widening work began to be dropped on Monday, June 12, and by Wednesday crews had a portion of the roadway down to one lane with flaggers conducting traffic control causing minor delays. Warning signs and message boards have been posted by MoDOT along the route to advise travelers of the ongoing work scheduled to be completed sometime in the fall.

In addition, Route F from its intersection with Route TT to the end of Route F, Route TT from the intersection of Route MM to the Shawnee Bend Access and the entire length of Route MM from Route TT to the Community bridge is scheduled to be resurfaced under the safety improvement project.

That paving work is scheduled to begin July 10 and will reduce the route to one lane as flaggers and a pilot car leads motorists through the work zones. In an attempt to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum, the work around the toll plaza has been scheduled to take place at night, according to the release.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission announced on Dec. 6, 2016 that Magruder Paving had been awarded the resurfacing project with a low bid of $2.1 million, according to a separate press release.

In February 2016, the Lake Sun reported that this particular safety improvement project had been added by the MHTC after seeing a bump in state revenue allowing for a greater match of federal funds. The project was added after a jump in funding from higher-than-anticipated gas tax and vehicle sales tax revenues.

MoDOT revenues were 4.5 percent above budget in 2016, providing an additional $45 million which resulted in a federal matching fund increase up to $160 million, and in total a $210 million addition to MoDOT’s Fiscal Year 2017, Area Engineer Bob Lynch told the Lake Sun in February 2016.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), visit www.modot.org/central, or follow the Central District Facebook page at facebook.com/MoDOTCentralMissouriDistrict.