(Updated June 14, 2017)




MoDOT will replace Linn Creek bridge

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a contract to replace the bridge on Business Park Road over Linn Creek in the industrial area of Linn Creek in Camden County.

E and C Bridge was awarded the contract after submitting the low bid of $1,063,874.

The structure is a reinforced concrete bridge with one main span and was built in 1930.

A hole appeared in the span of the bridge in 2008 forcing closure of the bridge until MoDOT could repair it. The concrete fell away from the bridge leaving a hole with only the rebar showing.

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LOCLG meetings to address lake area transportation issues

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG) in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be hosting a series of meetings to share information and gather input on transportation-related issues within the four-county region of Camden, Laclede, Miller and Morgan.

All residents are encouraged to attend and participate.

“Our goal is to identify the transportation needs within the region. We will also review the current transportation providers, look for gaps or unmet needs, and identify barriers to providing those needed services,” a spokesman said. “The Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan is a five-year plan; this will be an update to our existing plan originally approved in 2013.”

The completed plan is due to MoDOT by February 1, 2018. The planning process is estimated to take approximately 10 months to collect the data and develop the final plan. There will be time for public review and comments on the draft plan in January 2018.

“This plan is important to the many organizations within our region that offer transportation options to the elderly, disabled and low-income populations,” said the spokesman.

With the approved and adopted plan in place eligible organizations can apply for grant funding to improve and support their transportation efforts.

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Roadwork begins on Routes F, TT, MM

CAMDEN COUNTY – Lake area drivers may have already discovered roadwork being done on Routes F, TT and MM. The work was scheduled to begin last Monday.

The roads will be resurfaced and some portions of the routes will be widened under a safety improvement project. Two-foot shoulders will be placed on the portions of Routes F, TT and MM that run from Route 5 to the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge.  Material for the widening work was scheduled to be placed last Monday.

In addition, Route F will be resurfaced from its intersection with Route TT to the end of Route F.  Route TT will be resurfaced from the intersection of Route MM to the Shawnee Bend Access.

The entire length of Route MM will be resurfaced, from Route TT to the Community Bridge. One lane of each route will be open and flaggers and a pilot car will lead drivers through the work zones. The work around the bridge’s toll plaza will take place at night to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum.

Message boards have been posted to advise travelers of the work. The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, visit www.modot.org/central


Local school buses easily pass annual state inspection

JEFFERSON CITY – Lake area school districts have passed the annual bus inspections with flying colors and little to no problems.

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recently released the results of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division’s 2017 annual school bus inspection program.

A total of 12,047 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel between the dates of February 2 and May 5, 2017.

Of all buses inspected, 90.24 percent were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.

During the annual school bus inspection program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as “approved.”

Buses having one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger are rated as “defective.”

Buses with any defective items which constitute an immediate danger are rated as “out-of-service.”

Buses rated as “defective” may continue to be operated for the purpose of transporting students until repair is made. School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being re-inspected by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel.

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