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Wanted: Public input into Lake Ozark Comp Plan update: The City of Lake Ozark has issued a special invitation to its residents and business owners to help shape the future of the community. The second of three public Focus Sessions on updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Willmore Lodge, 1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark.  Housing and infrastructure are on the agenda. The final session will be held July 22. The turnout at the first Focus Session in May drew about two dozen individuals to discuss economic development and quality of life, creating a useful dialogue that city staff and plan developer Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments will use in developing the new Comp Plan. Focus Sessions are open to residents, property owners and business owners in City of Lake Ozark.  The plan, which is a long-term guide for the community, hasn’t been updated since 2006. While the city’s economic base and infrastructure have evolved in the last decade, the city’s master development plan has remained unchanged for some 15 years.  Citizen participation is highly encouraged to develop a comprehensive plan which will guide the City of Lake Ozark in decision making for future development that suits both City of Lake Ozark and the community.  “The plan gives the city a vision as to how it wants development in the future,” LOCOLG Executive Director Linda Connor explained when the board voted last year to move ahead with the process. “We want to make sure we put in the plan what the city wants to look like in the next 10-15 years.” An updated Comprehensive Plan is important when the city applies for state and federal funds. “A new Comprehensive Plan will serve as the guiding force for the city as we continue to grow in the near future,” Fry said. “This document will provide a rationale for decision-making for our boards and commissions and will also show the world what the priorities and direction are for the City of Lake Ozark.” Anyone who has questions pertaining to the focus session can contact the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments at 573-346-5692 or email [email protected]     


MoDOT plans more road work in Lake Ozark area

MoDOT has more plans for the Lake Ozark area in the next few months – resurfacing of the Bagnell Dam Road and intersection improvements on Highway 54.

Rehabilitation of the Bus. 54 Bagnell Dam bridge road over the Osage River has been approved by the Highways and Transportation Commission.
During its meeting June 2, the commissioners awarded the project to Concrete Strategies, LLC, which submitted the low bid of $1,611,862. 

During construction, Bus. 54 will be closed at the bridge for approximately three months. Motorists will need to use an alternate route while work takes place. This project is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day holiday and to be completed by the end of the year. Prior to work starting, MoDOT will alert the public through signs, news releases and social media.
The existing Bagnell Dam Bridge was built in 1929. The purpose of this project is to repair the bridge deck, expansion joints and barrier walls and to replace the bridge driving surface and repair the adjacent sidewalk. Rehabilitation is necessary to extend the life and usability of the bridge.
For more information about this project visit  Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on social media for project updates.


Intersection work

An effort to improve safety at several intersections along Highway 54 in Miller County has been given the green light by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
The commission awarded a contract to Capital Paving and Construction, LLC, which submitted the low bid of $6,140,169.  

Intersections receiving updates were identified as safety risks through a road safety audit, in-depth analysis of the corridor, and a series of meetings with a local advisory group made up of local leaders. 
Changes at each location could include the installation of J-turns, which eliminate the need for drivers to cross lanes of traffic at right angles, as well as new or extended turning, acceleration and deceleration lanes.  
Work will require individual lane closures and some intersection closures in order for construction to be completed safely. MoDOT will alert travelers and residents of any closures ahead of time.
Under the contract, safety improvements will be made along Highway 54 at the following intersections between Lake Ozark and the Cole County line:

•Route V

•Route FF

•Business 54 (Eldon)

•Lakeland Road

•Walnut Grove Road

•Howser Road

•Allen Road/Bear Lake Road

•Copperhead Road

•County Road 54-60, Tolwood Road

•Mount Carmel Road, Jamie Lane, and Midway Road

•Atchinson Road

•Opie/Hunter Road

Motorists and area residents can find more details on this project by visiting