CAMDEN AND MILLER COUNTIES - Two major highway construction projects are nearing completion at the Lake of the Ozarks, and the Missouri Department of Transportation is inviting everyone in the area to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.MoDOT will join state and local officials to celebrate the end of construction on the final stage of the new U.S. 54 Expressway and the new Route 242 four-lane highway in Camden and Miller Counties. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine in the westbound lanes of the new Route 242.The final phase of the U.S. 54 Expressway extends for four miles, from the Grand Glaize Bridge to just west of Route KK in Camden County. The work cost $31.6 million to construct. The new expressway opened to traffic in late November, but work on the tie-in connections continues through the end of 2011.The new Route 242 connects U.S. 54 in Miller County to the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge on Route MM in Camden County. The new facility also connects to the existing Horseshoe Bend Parkway. The roadway is approximately two miles long and cost $8.3 million to construct. The new Route 242 will open to traffic following the ceremony.To reach the ceremony location, take the Route 242/Business Route 54 exit from U.S. 54 in Miller County and head west. The ceremony will take place approximately one quarter mile west of Fish Haven Road. A parade of vehicles will take place after the ceremony. A ribbon-cutting photo opportunity will also be staged near the west end of the new U.S. 54 Expressway, west of Lazy Days Road, at 11:30 a.m.For more information about these projects 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.