The project will prevent crossover accidents and improve the safety of several intersections.
Lane closures and slower speed limits will be the norm as work continues on safety improvements on Highway 54.
Motorists may have noticed some work beginning in Linn Creek as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) continues working on safety improvements.
MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch said drivers should be cautious and watch for areas where traffic will be down to one lane while these improvements are going on.
The project will prevent crossover accidents and improve the safety of several intersections. Road workers will install J-turns on Route 54 and median guard cables throughout Camden County. J-turns will help eliminate right-angle crashes and has been shown to reduce injury/fatal accidents by more than 50 percent. Median guard cable has been shown to prevent almost all crossover accidents.
The safety improvements in Camden County include:Installation of median guard cable along Route 54 between the city of Camdenton and west of the Camden County Route KK intersection in Osage Beach Intersection improvements at Spring Valley Road and Route 54 Westbound Route 54 deceleration lanes at Key Largo Road, Runabout Drive and Cape Woods Drive A westbound acceleration lane at Key Largo Road An eastbound Route 54 acceleration lane at Camden County Route A Three J-turns will also be installed on Route 54 east of Key Largo Road, east of Camden County Route A and west of Route A
According to Lynch, a serious accident currently happens once a month on Route A. Study shows that the severity of accidents will decrease with these improvements.
The entire project is set to complete in August 2019 and will cost approximately $2.485 million.