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:
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.