MoDOT seeking public input on U.S. 54 expansion project

Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 4:42 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2022 at 5:36 PM CST
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CAMDENTON, Mo. (KY3) - From Camdenton’s square to Bumper Hill Road, MoDOT wants to expand U.S. 54 to improve traffic flow.

Ryan Libbert, the project manager, says it is a part of a series of updates across Missouri.

“The issue is the congestion through the area. We’re trying to address that this location is the only remaining part of Route 54 between Kingdom City and Route 73 to the west that doesn’t have either four-lane or shared four lanes,” said Libbert.

John Taylor is a business owner on U.S. 54.

“It’s a very busy, busy road. Sometimes it’s hard to get out of our parking lot. At times it takes quite a few minutes,” said Taylor.

Taylor isn’t sure where they will have room to expand.

“We’re going to do most of the expansion on existing right away, but some of our field slopes and the entrance work will extend outside of the existing roadway. In those locations, we will take a permanent easement in order to do the fieldwork, and then we’ll also take some temporary easements for the construction of the entrances,” said Libbert.

A public comment meeting is happening Tuesday, November 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce.

You can also submit comments online.

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