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May 07, 2008 12:00 AM
Ground Breaks On Route 5 Shared Four-Lane Highway in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY - Motorists using Route 5 in Camden County will soon be able to ease on down a shared four-lane highway.  Weather permitting, eight miles of grading work from near Camdenton to just south of the Laclede County line will begin this week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the $11.4 million grading project.  The ceremony site will be located off of existing Route 5, just south of Route P in Camden County.  The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held rain or shine.

A shared four-lane highway consists of alternating passing lanes along a conventional two-lane highway to provide motorists with periodic opportunities to pass other vehicles without having to drive in the opposing lane.

"This unique design provides a cost-effective solution to ease traffic flow and improve safety," said Project Manager Nicole Hood.  "We are very excited to begin work on this stretch of highway."

The grading project in Camden County will be completed by Fall 2009.

Additional passing lanes will be added to a 10-mile section of existing Route 5, between the Laclede and Camden County line and Lebanon.  Paving operations for the entire 18-mile shared four-lane project will be complete by mid 2010.

Though much of the grading work in Camden County will take place off of the existing highway alignment, MoDOT reminds motorists to buckle up, follow posted work zone signing and watch for highway workers and equipment throughout the area.

For more information about this project or other transportation matters, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

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