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Boren Appointed Police Chief: In a special meeting held yesterday, the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen formally appointed James Boren to serve as the City's next Police Chief.   James began his employment with the City of Lake Ozark 19 years ago as a dispatcher, and was sponsored by the City to attend the Police Academy. 17 years ago, he began his career as a police officer in Lake Ozark, climbing through the ranks of Corporal, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently as Interim Police Chief.   Regarding his new role, Chief Boren stated, "My goal for this department is to lead it with integrity and best serve the needs of our unique community. We will continue to strive for perfection, knowing it takes work from all of us, but I'm honored and thrilled to be able to lead this department in that direction."

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