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November 15, 2011 01:40 PM
New U.S. 54 Expressway Opens to Traffic on Nov. 17 in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY - After two years of construction, the second half of the new U.S. 54 Expressway at the Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County will open to traffic on Thursday, Nov. 17, weather permitting. The new four-lane highway is 4.5 miles long and contains four new interchanges to help motorists to their destinations at the Lake.

The new highway will open gradually throughout the day, as crews remove barricades, place new striping, and finish work that will allow traffic to use the roadway. Motorists should use caution and expect delays as work progresses to open the new highway.

Construction on the new U.S. 54 Expressway is not yet complete. There will be lane closures and other temporary traffic shifts that motorists should be aware of when traveling through the area:

  • Work continues on the tie-in connections on both ends of the project. On the west side, near the new Key Largo Road intersection, one lane in each direction will be open to traffic while construction crews finish those tie-in connections. A portion of the existing, old U.S. 54, just west of Lazy Days Road, will be temporarily inaccessible from the new expressway. Motorists should use the Key Largo intersection to access this area.
  • On the east side of the project at the Grand Glaize Bridge, work on the tie-in connections means one lane of the new expressway will be open to eastbound traffic. A portion of the existing, old U.S. 54 near the bridge will also be inaccessible from the new expressway, and motorists should use the Case Road interchange to access the area until construction is complete.
  • Crews will also work on concrete median barrier near the Grand Glaize Bridge over the next few weeks. One lane in each direction will be closed to traffic while this work takes place.
  • Periodic lane closures in the eastbound lanes of the new expressway may be necessary over the next few weeks and crews complete work on guard rail through the area.

The contractor will have various types of traffic control in place to secure the safety of the motorist public as well as employees. MoDOT encourages motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow work zone signing and drive safely through the new highway.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in December upon the completion of the project. A map showing the new expressway and the interchanges is available at www.modot.org/central.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. You can also follow MoDOT's Central District on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MoDOT_Central or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOTCentralMissouriDistrict.

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