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The Carthage Press
  • Briefing scheduled to discuss Highway 54, Key Largo intersection

  • The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking for public input on three possible options to a Highway 54 intersection labeled as "dangerous."


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  • The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking for public input on three possible options to a Highway 54 intersection labeled as "dangerous."
    The intersection is near Key Largo Road in Osage Beach and the west side of the new expressway. The Osage Beach Fire Protection chief raised concerns about the intersection because vehicles turning onto the new Highway 54 have to cross several lanes of traffic traveling 65 mph. Vehicles getting off the highway have to do the same.
    Chief Jeff Dorhauer said the district has responded to several serious motor vehicle accidents since that portion of the new highway opened in December 2011.
    The Osage Beach Police Department has also reported several accidents and near-misses at the intersection.
    MoDOT Project Manager Trent Brooks said the department is looking into three different options to help make the intersection safer.
    "We would like to get input from motorists who frequently use the intersection so we can make the best decisions possible," Brooks said.
    The community briefing is from 4 to 6 p.m. next Wednesday, April 25, at Osage Beach City Hall.
    MoDOT staff will be available during the public meeting to answer questions and receive input. No formal presentations will be made, and the public may attend the briefing at any time.
    MoDOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch said the meeting is only to discuss the Key Largo Road intersection.
    The department is addressing other concerns about how Highway 54 doesn't have any mile-marker signs causing confusion for tourists and other motorists unfamiliar with the area during an emergency.
    Lynch said a new emergency marker system will be installed along the new highway, however, it will take some time because of the large amount of signs needed along the 8-mile stretch of roadway.
    The system will be similar to what the department uses along interstate routes. Along Missouri interstate highways, there are mile-markers signs every 1/5th of a mile. The posts are on the right edge of the road, and are on both directions of a highway.
     

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