Continued concern about the lack of business activity west of the Grand Glaize Bridge was shared by one of the Osage Beach board of aldermen at last week’s regular meeting.
Steve Kahrs, who has been outspoken about the decline in traffic and subsequently business on both Osage Beach Parkway and the Expressway, brought it up again during closing moments of the meeting.
Kahrs has lamented the negative impact the new Expressway has had on businesses in his ward. RSC Rental near the city hall recently closed, he said, and “it’s discouraging for two other businesses on the west side that are barely hanging on.”
The only real solution, he said, is to build an interchange near the west end of Osage Beach Parkway which now dead-ends at Lazy Days Road.
Kahrs and others have been vocal at nearly ever meeting, urging MoDOT to improve the traffic flow to the struggling businesses. The economic issues are co-mingled with safety issues that evolved from six accidents and two fatalities at Key Largo Road and the Expressway.
For safety reasons, MoDOT has proposed changing the traffic flow at two additional intersections between Y Road and Rt. KK that would further limit access to several businesses in the area. Some aldermen have suggested that the city write a letter of support to MoDOT on behalf of business owners.
Aldermen approved a contract modification in the amount of $36,545 for additional pipe material for sewer improvements along Osage Beach Parkway.
MoDOT has indicated it will reimburse the city for the funds.
During construction of the Expressway, the city allowed MoDOT to remove some of the existing sewer line that was not in use at the time. The existing line is not active and does not have any sewage in it, but a pressure test indicated there was a leak.
The contract modification replaces this part of the line.
Assistant City Clerk Nancy Clark conducted the oath of office for new Osage Beach Police Department officer Steve Snow, a former Illinois State Trooper.