MoDOT has proposed what is described as a tight diamond exchange located just west of the existing intersection. The access at the intersection for traffic coming from Osage National will be shut down.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be discussing the design and merits of a proposed $ 9.8 million improvement project planned for the Highway 54 and Route W intersection in Miller County at an upcoming public hearing. Public comments will be taken during the hearing. No formal presentations will be made

The hearing will be held on July 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church located on Route W. MoDOT representatives will be on hand to visit with anyone interested in attending. Displays and information on the proposed project will be on display. MoDOT has proposed what is described as a tight diamond exchange located just west of the existing intersection. The access at the intersection for traffic coming from Osage National will be shut down.

The Highway 54 and Route W intersection is the only stoplight on the major thoroughfare between Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks area. The intersection has a history of dangerous accidents.

Project information presented at the public hearing will be available at www.modot.org/central. For more information, call toll free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

The project was included in The 2018-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The STIP lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2018 through 2022 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022). The majority of the projects included in the program are maintenance projects aimed at keeping the state’s road and bridge system in good condition.