CAMDENTON - Motorists eager to travel nearly seven miles of newly constructed Route 5 from south of the Niangua Bridge to south of Camdenton will soon get their wish. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration on Monday, June 29, the new highway will open to traffic during the overnight hours.
"We are very excited to see this project nearing completion," said MoDOT Central District Engineer Roger Schwartze. "The newly relocated highway will be a four-lane road with straighter, wider lanes and shoulders that will improve safety and increase traffic flow."
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the new northbound lanes, just south of the new U.S. Route 54 and Route 5 interchange. U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton and other state and local dignitaries will be present to celebrate the project's completion. The ceremony is open to the public.
Later in the afternoon, the public is invited to view the new Route 5 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Visitors can explore the new highway on foot and stroll through a car display by the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club. The Mule Kicker Cloggers, a dance group from Eldon, will perform at 6:30 p.m. The Camdenton and Mid-County Fire Departments will have a "bounce house" for children. Classic hits radio station Cool 102.7 FM will also broadcast live from the event.
Both activities are open to the public and will be held rain or shine. To reach the ceremony or evening celebration, motorists should travel to where the existing Route 5 meets the new Route 5, approximately two miles south of Route 54. Motorists should then turn onto the on-ramp for the northbound lanes of the new Route 5. MoDOT flag persons will be on hand to direct traffic to each event.
At 9 p.m., the public is invited to a fireworks display sponsored by the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, Reinhold Electric and Missouri Eagle, LLC. The public can watch the fireworks from the new Camdenton high school parking lot.
The new Route 5 will open during the overnight hours of Monday, June 29. Motorists will be traveling the new highway early Tuesday morning.
Once the new traffic lanes are open, construction crews will work to remove the crossover located on the north end of the project where new and existing Route 5 meet. Work to rebuild Lake Road 5-89 will also continue. The entire project will be finished later this fall.
Construction on the new highway started in spring 2006 and cost $53 million. McAninch Corporation from Des Moines, IA completed the grading work and bridge construction. The paving work was awarded to APAC-Missouri, Inc. from Columbia, MO.
For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.