CAMDEN COUNTY - State and local officials will gather in Camden County on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 to celebrate the completion of an innovative highway project on Route 5 in Camden and Laclede Counties.The Missouri Department of Transportation will cut the ribbon for eight miles of "shared four-lane" highway, from just north of Route 7 in Camdenton to just south of the Laclede County line. 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.The ribbon cutting for the $20.4 million project will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. The ceremony will be located on the new highway, just south of the interchange where new Route 5 meets old Route 5. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.The entire shared four-lane project, including another 10 miles of Route 5 between the Laclede County line and Lebanon, is a new type of highway design in Missouri that will increase safety and traffic flow along the Route 5 corridor. Another $7.2 million phase to complete the Laclede County portion of the project is expected to be complete in early 2011.Prime contractors for the Camden County portion of the shared four-lane highway are Dave Kolb Grading, Inc. of St. Charles, Mo. and Emery Sapp and Sons of Columbia, Mo.Those who wish to attend should take Business Route 5 (old Route 5) to the new highway, and turn onto the southbound Route 5 entrance ramp.For more information about this project, please log onto www.modot.org/central or call toll free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).