End of Parkway Access to Expressway Still in Flux

The construction that is forcing eastbound drivers off of the Osage Beach Parkway onto Case Road to get to the expressway could be wrapped up by the end of the week.

Bob Lynch with MoDOT said yesterday on the Ozarks this Morning that the construction on the opposite end of the 54 expressway has changed with access being shut off at Key Largo.

Eastbound 54 Expressway drivers wanting to access businesses along the Osage Beach Parkway west of KK will have to access at KK.

The west end construction should be wrapped up in several weeks.

The western construction should be wrapped up in several weeks.

Local Man Hurt When Chevy Hits Trees

An Eldon man is injured after his Chevy goes off the road in Cole County.

Monday night at 8:20, 31-year old Jarred Maddox was headed north on Route B at Giggins Creek. The Chevy went off the right side of the road and hit a fence and tree before traveling across the road and hitting another tree.

Maddox was wearing a seat belt and was moderately injured.

Licking Man Gunned Down by State Trooper

49-year-old Darryl Eye of Licking was shot and killed by a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper yesterday. Eye was taken down with a rifle shot after he got out of his car and pointed a handgun in the direction of a Highway Patrol member. Eye was wanted in Laclede and Dallas counties, and was suspected of stealing two vehicles, including the 2004 Chevrolet pickup he was driving when he fled from authorities.

Drug Bust at Osage Beach Cab Company

Camden County authorities have arrested four people at an Osage Beach taxi company on suspected drug charges. Sheriff’s Deputies, Osage Beach Police, and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group executed a search warrant on Twilight Enterprises Cab Company in the 5000 Block of Osage Beach Parkway, where they seized more than four ounces of methamphetamine, a half-pound of marijuana and more than $7,000 in cash. 34-year-old Dennis Gates and 33-year-old Desirea Shriver, both of Osage Beach; 31-year-old Sara Weber of Camdenton and 35-year-old David Rogers of Montreal, Missouri were arrested.

Eldon Man Killed in Head on Crash

An Eldon man is killed when his vehicle is hit by a truck headed the wrong way on Highway 54 in Cole County.

Fifty-six-year old Larry Huston was driving his 2004 Ford van west on 54 at 2:30 Sunday morning. A 1995 Dodge Ram headed east in the westbound lanes of 54 hit Huston’s van head on. The Eldon man was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, 29-year old Marta Vaca of Kingdom City was wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries. Her passenger, 29 year old Jerry Friend of Fulton was not wearing a seat belt and was seriously injured.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has not charged the driver of the wrong way truck. This is fatality number 54 for Troop F in 2011.

Ameren Lays Out 662 Plan at Town Hall

Ameren will ask FERC if they can lower the project boundary to 662 feet and remove most residential structures from Ameren property.

About 200 people gathered at the Camdenton Middle School Saturday to listen to representatives from Ameren detail their propsal. Jeff Green from Ameren spoke about carve outs.

Green says Ameren is asking for 662 lakewide but FERC may only allow the change in areas where residences are on Ameren property. Regardless, if the plan is approved, the boundary line move will be the first step followed by some sort of land conveyance.

Ameren plans to map the lake, address all homes on Ameren property, and then submit the 662 plan with maps to FERC and all resource agencies by the first quarter of next year.

Jeff Douglas, manager of real estate from Ameren, said on Saturday that this whole process has been very transparent.

“I will say that there were some comments made, people say that we misrepresented the situation, I think an official in Camden County actually said that we committed fraud.  I’ll tell you what, fraud is a criminal act. We did not commit fraud,” Douglas said. “We are good stewards of the shoreline, I’d be happy to debate that issue with anybody.  I can say I am proud of our record on shoreline management.”

Road Work for the Week of November 21st

Here’s a look at the road work for the week in Camden County. On the 54 Expressway, drivers on the Osage Beach Parkway wanting to access the expressway headed west will have to access at KK. The Key Largo access to the expressway has been shut down. Eastbound parkway traffic that wants to access the Grand Glaize Bridge will have to use Case Road to enter the expressway, then travel across the bridge. One lane on the eastbound Grand Glaize Bridge in each direction is closed while the median barrier near the bridge is constructed. Also in Camden County, on old Route 5 between 54 and the Laclede County line, one lane will be open this week for maintenance and repair.

Checking the road work in Miller County, Fish Haven Road drivers can expect delays as the contractor moves material for the new Route 242. The contractor is now running power to the signals at 242 and 54 and the concrete islands and sidewalks are being paved. 242 should be complete before the end of this year.

And checking the road work in Morgan County, on Route 50 between Syracuse and the Pettis County line, one lane will be open this Tuesday through next Friday for roadway maintenance.