MILLER/CAMDEN COUNTIES - At their monthly meeting on Jan. 12, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a project to construct a new four-lane highway connecting U.S. 54 in Miller County to the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge toll facility on Route MM in Camden County. The new facility will also connect to the existing Horseshoe Bend Parkway.Bloomsdale Excavating, Company, Inc. of Bloomsdale, Mo. was awarded the construction contract after submitting the low bid of $8,337,512.67. The project is being paid for by the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Department of Transportation.Weather permitting, work on the nearly two-mile long project will start this month and take about a year to complete. The roadway will include a raised center median, as well as curb and gutter for drainage. An eight foot sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of the roadway. When completed, the new roadway will be known as Route 242."We are excited for work to begin on this project," said MoDOT Transportation Project Manager Jason Vanderfeltz. "This roadway is expected to relieve congestion on Business Route 54. It will also provide a connection between Route 54 and Route 5 at this location."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.