LAKE OZARK, Mo. — A major highway construction project at Lake of the Ozarks is complete, in time for Labor Day holiday traffic.
The 18-month project eliminated the traffic light at the intersection of Route W and Highway 54, on the eastern edge of Lake Ozark. The purpose was to increase safety at the intersection: the stoplight had been the site of multiple fatal or serious-injury crashes in recent years. There are no other stoplights on Highway 54 between Lake Ozark and Kingdom City — where many travelers to Lake of the Ozarks get on the highway.
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced construction activities at the Route 54/Business Route 54/Miller County Route W/Osage Hills Road are substantially complete and the interchange is completely open to traffic.
“The completion of this work is a milestone moment for safe travel through the Lake of the Ozarks Region,” said Central Area Engineer Robert Lynch. “With the completion of the new interchange, traffic is able to flow more freely and safely through that area. We’re excited to reach completion on this landmark project.”
Lynch added that traffic moving through the area over the Labor Day holiday will not be impacted by work and no crews will be present. Any remaining work will result in minimal impacts as most everything has been completed.
Construction on the new interchange began in February of 2020. In addition to the new interchange, the project included several new connecting roads and three roundabouts in the same area.