The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to present proposed safety improvements along U.S. Route 54 in Camden County including the closing of two medians.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 30, to present proposed safety improvements along U.S. Route 54 in Camden County including the closing of two medians.

The public meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers of Osage Beach City Hall, 1000 City Parkway in Osage Beach. No formal presentation will be made, but MoDOT staff will be available to explain project details and answer questions.

The proposed project is designed to increase safety at the intersections located between Cecil Street in Camdenton and Route KK in Osage Beach: Route A, Spring Valley Road, Runabout Drive and Key Largo Road.

J-turn movements are proposed for the Route A, Cape Wood, Spring Valley Road, Runabout Drive and Key Largo Road intersections. Under the proposal, a J-turn will be placed west of Route KK and east of Key Largo Road to serve Spring Valley, Runabout and Key Largo. The Route A intersection is proposed to be modified with two J-turns, one in each direction.

The Spring Valley and Runabout medians will be closed.

According to the MoDOT website, a J-turn is an alternative to traditional roadway intersections on a four-lane highway. Instead of motorists crossing fast-moving lanes of traffic to get to the opposing lanes, drivers at a j-turn intersection turn right in the same direction of traffic, merge into the left lane, and then make a left turn in the direction they intend to travel.

In addition, acceleration lanes are constructed to allow traffic an opportunity to gain speed after turning onto the highway.

Although drivers will have to travel slightly farther to get where they want to go, using J-turns can take the same or less time than trying to wait for a safe and appropriate gap to cross traffic.

 

Guard cable

The project also calls for installing guard cable along Route 54 between Cecil Street in Camdenton and Route KK in Osage Beach.

The guard cable placement was one of the recommendations from a road safety audit performed in 2016 that examined wrong-way, cross-median and curve crashes on Route 54 from Camdenton to Mexico, Mo. Some safety measures have already been put in place in the lake area as a result of the audit. Additional Wrong Way and Do Not Enter signs have been put up, and the curve near the intersection of Routes 54 and Y near Big Surf has been treated with High Friction Surface Treatment to provide motorists with more traction in slick conditions.

For more information about the project or the meeting, call 573-751-3322 or toll free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). Displays and project information presented at the public meeting will also be available at www.modot.org/central.