Improve road safety by limiting speed, not access say Key Largo business owners

Several Osage Beach business owners are meeting Thursday to counter propose a MoDOT plan to severely limit access to three roads where they intersect with the expressway near Key Largo Road, according to a report by

After a spate of accidents on Key Largo since January resulting in the deaths of two people, MoDOT is proposing additional safety improvements to three intersections on the expressway between Rt. KK and Y Road. The proposed solution allows traffic to turn right in and right out only at all three intersections.

Business owners are worried that if motorists are prevented from crossing the expressway at the three locations, access to many businesses in the area will be severely impacted, reported. They will be sharing their concerns with MoDOT and city of Osage Beach officials at a 4 p.m. public briefing at the Osage Beach City Hall and, the article says, will propose the following:
•Lower the speed limit to 55 mph such as has been done near Linn Creek to reduce accidents. Despite the 65 mph speed limit, Kautz said people fly by there at 70 to 75.

•Acceleration and de-acceleration lanes in those areas like many of the other intersections along the Expressway.

•Flashing lights at turnarounds to remind people of potential danger.

Business owners along old Highway 54 and the expressway met recently to discuss their concerns and options. One of them was Mexicali Blues owner Chad Kautz, who hosted the gathering at his business. His thoughts:

“Of course, we’re concerned,” Kautz said. “What they’ve done has pretty much killed business between Rt. KK and Harley Davidson on old Highway 54. What they’re proposing now is a 5.5 mile trip from Y Road to Rt. KK to get to some of these businesses. We don’t want that to happen to our businesses.”

It’s the wrong way to go about it and we know that MoDOT realizes there was poor planning and now they’re trying to do the cheapest, quickest fix.”



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