According to MoDOT’s traffic volume maps, produced every three years, the annual average daily traffic total of 27,578 vehicles traveling through the corridor in 2015 compared to 25,926 in 2013. However, only 12,604 of those vehicles in 2015 and 11,850 in 2013 made it beyond Camdenton and toward Macks Creek where the next traffic counter was stationed.

Recent traffic counts reflect one of the main thoroughfares for navigating the Lake of the Ozarks region is running through Camdenton and officials are hoping to capitalize on the visibility while implementing a new comprehensive plan.
Director of Public Works Bill Jeffries ran traffic counts at Cecil Street and E. US 54 from October 6 to October 20, and City Administrator Jeff Hancock recently shared the results with the Board of Aldermen. The results align with traffic counts conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation for the same intersection in 2016.
According to MoDOT’s traffic volume maps, produced every three years, the annual average daily traffic total of 27,578 vehicles traveling through the corridor in 2015 compared to 25,926 in 2013. However, only 12,604 of those vehicles in 2015 and 11,850 in 2013 made it beyond Camdenton and toward Macks Creek where the next traffic counter was stationed.
“MoDOT numbers indicate that the traffic counts that they run near the bottom of the hill coming from Linn Creek are the highest traffic counts of any location at the Lake of the Ozarks,” Hancock wrote in a recent staff memo.
Jeffries traffic count report indicated an average daily traffic account ranging from 25,074 on Sunday to 35,848 on Friday for an average of 30,525 compared to MoDOT’s 2016 traffic counts for a daily average of 27,378 in the same intersection.
“This is a one-week count. Daily averages will go down due to weather and time of year lowering the daily average,” Jeffries wrote, adding that westbound traffic accounted for 9.2 percent more vehicles than eastbound traffic.
The report comes approximately 10 months after Hancock 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) suggesting the expansion of the highway to five lanes from the square to the western city limits. The TAC makes recommendations to MoDOT regarding what local governments would like to see included in the state’s five-year transportation improvement plan.
“It is my belief that MoDOT should at least study and begin looking at scoping the rest of the area west five lanes to the city limits,” Hancock wrote at the time. “Robert Lynch of MoDOT has informed me that the capacity of the current three-lane 54 West highway is 17,500 a day. The traffic information shows that we have basically met and/or soon will meet the total capacity of West 54 through the City. 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 data provided at that time, the intersection of W. US- 54 at Oak Park Ct. (900 block) averaged a weekday total of 13,431 vehicles per day and a weekend total of 14,142 per day from June 15 to June 21, 2015. Additionally, the intersection of W. US 54 at Ha Ha Tonka (300 block) averaged a weekday total of 17,207 vehicles per day and a weekend total of 14,101 per day from November 4 to November 10, 2015.
The city has a potential redesign in Destination Camdenton that includes the possible use of Illinois Street as a circulator to some of the US 54 traffic coming through the square by shifting the intersection of Business 5. One concept floated included using traffic signals at the intersections of North and South US 54 and Illinois Street and North and South Business Rt. 5 and Illinois Street, while the street would be realigned on the west to complete a circuit.
Consultants for the city’s comprehensive plan recommended slowing traffic to a downtown pace through the square because it is no longer a highway and ample street parking as well as pedestrian crossings should be available to incentivize economic growth.
“While the idea of bypassing the Square has been suggested, the sheer volume of visitors represents a tremendous economic opportunity for Camdenton as a whole and eliminating traffic would have a negative impact overall,” according to recommendations made in January of 2016.
However, by shifting the intersection to the southwest, available space could be used to create public green spaces on each side of US 54.
“The creation of these parks would unite the Square as a destination business district and make the district more family and pedestrian friendly,” one recommendation stated. “No parking is lost in this scenario.”

Other recommended actions:
— A connection from Jack Crowell Road on the east to Lake Road 92 on the west to open up additional land for residential and mixed-use development.
— A connection between Banner Street and Ballpark Road providing greater access to the Lake, City Park and any future residential development. An extension of the neighborhood street network to open up additional land for residential development.
— The extension of Roofner Street to connect with South Business 5 to form a strategic street connection, enable development at the periphery of downtown and help create a continuous transportation system.