(Updated August 10, 2017)


City buys another property for airport expansion

CAMDENTON – Another property has been acquired by the city in the ongoing effort to expand the runway at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport.

The current runway is listed at 4,000 feet in length and the goal is to extend it to 5,000.

There are only three more properties to be purchased by the city and according to City Administrator Jeff Hancock, one of those should be coming to the board for approval at the next Board of Aldermen meeting and all the necessary properties should be in hand by the end of the year.

The recent purchase from Anteater Industries cost $300,000. The money for the land acquisitions in Non-Primary Entitlement funds from the FAA.

The city has to pay the funds up front but will be reimbursed by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the FAA at 90 percent.

That means the city is only paying 10 percent of the purchase price.

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Fire damages home on Route V  

CAMDEN COUNTY – An afternoon fire has caused significant damage to a home on Route V.

Last Saturday around 3:56 p.m., The Mid County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2982 State Route V.

First arriving units found a two-story residence with heavy fire showing in the rear corner of the residence.

According to the MCFD, the fire had originated on the lower floor and spread to the upper floor and attic. Firefighters made a quick attack on the fire and were able to bring it under control in approximately 30 minutes.

Fire damage was contained to the upper and lower back corner of the residence with significant heat and smoke damage throughout the structure. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.
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Route D bridge opening delayed

CAMDEN COUNTY – Frustrated drivers anxiously awaiting the re-opening of Route D will have to remain frustrated a while longer due to work not passing inspection by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

The completion date for the new Route D bridge over Bank Branch in Camden County will be delayed by about three weeks because the concrete piers built to support the bridge did not pass inspection.

The bridge was originally scheduled to open to traffic in mid-August, with all work scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30, however, an inspection of the new piers revealed they did not meet specified standards and it will take an additional three weeks to correct the issue.

MoDOT officials are working with the contractor, KCI Construction, to get the bridge open to traffic by Labor Day.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this delay will cause and we’re working to ensure the contractor completes the project as quickly as possible,” said Chris Graham, resident engineer for MoDOT’s Central District.

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Speed limit lowered on Route A

CAMDEN COUNTY – Drivers that have a heavy foot need to be aware that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is lowering the speed limit on a section of Route A near Highway 54.

MoDOT said “in an effort to increase safety on Camden County Route A near Linn Creek, the speed limit will be lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph on Route A from U.S. Route 54 to Midway Road.”

The new speed limit will take effect when permanent signs are posted on Wednesday, August 16.  Message boards have been placed at both ends of the route to inform motorists of the speed limit reduction. Traffic officials with MoDOT conducted a speed study for the location at the request of a concerned citizen.

MoDOT considers the area’s crash history, current vehicle speeds, pedestrian and bicycle activity, presence of parking, and roadway alignment when making speed-limit changes.

“We believe that the lower speed limit will make traveling on this stretch of Route A Road safer for motorists,” said MoDOT Senior Traffic Studies Specialist Ericka Ross.

For more information, visit www.modot.org/central or call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

Osage Beach extends time period for airport work

OSAGE BEACH – The city is also addressing airport work at both of its airports with motions to extend the time period for specified work to be done.

Last week the Board of Aldermen agreed to two separate bills, Amendment Number One and Amendment Number Two on two State Block Agreements for airport projects.

In the first bill, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) requested the amendment for the Southwest Apron Reconstruction Project at the Lee C. Fine Airport.

“This Amendment will extend the project time period to November 30, 2017. This extension was asked for by MoDOT to allow time for possible warranty work that could be performed by the contractors, Airport Manager Ty Dinsdale said in his report. “This is a 90/10 MoDOT Aviation Grant Project. The original agreement was entered into on June 9, 2016.”

The project was agreed upon for the price of $267,469 in June of 2016.

The second project involves tree removal and MoDOT also wants to extend this project until November 30, 2017.

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