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A contractor for the Missouri Department of Transportation has begin building a new interchange at the intersection of U.S. Route 54 and Business Route 54/Osage Hills Road in Lake Ozark.

Construction on the new interchange began the week of Feb. 3. Signs will be in place alerting motorists of construction. Crews will begin to prep the construction area on the east side of the intersection, near Osage Hills Road. There should little impact to traffic during this first phase of the project; however, there could be brief intermittent lane closures as equipment and materials are brought in.

Work on the new interchange is expected to be completed by December 2021. Motorists will need to use caution and pay attention in work zones. MoDOT will provide traffic impact alerts and project updates as work progresses.

The most recent data states that 32 crashes took place during the last five years at that intersection. The new interchange will replace the existing signaled intersection in an effort to increase traffic safety and improve traffic flow. The project will involve building two new bridges on Route 54, just west of the existing intersection, as well as three roundabouts near the interchange. Crews will also complete grading and paving to incorporate the intersections of Route 54, Business Route 54, Miller County Route W and Osage Hills Road into the interchange.

This work is weather permitting and could be delayed. 

For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

Route 54 interchange work begins