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Missouri Department of Transportation completed its 18-month construction project along U.S. 54 in the Lake of the Ozarks ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

A new interchange is complete at the intersection of U.S. 54 and Business 54/Osage Hills Road in Lake Ozark.

The $9.7 million project began in February 2020 and is intended to improve traffic safety and flow.

According to MODOT data, 32 crashes have taken place at the intersection during the past five years.

"The completion of this work is a milestone moment for safe travel through the Lake of the Ozarks region," Central Area Engineer Robert Lynch said in a news release. "With the completion of the new interchange, traffic is able to flow more freely and safely through that area. We're excited to reach completion on this landmark project."

Lynch said Lake of the Ozarks travelers should not be impacted by construction work as crews won't be present.

In addition to the new interchange, MODOT's contracted crews from Emery Sapp and Sons built two new bridges just west of the intersection and three roundabouts, and completed paving to connect the intersections of Route 54, Business Route 54, Miller County Route W and Osage Hills Road.

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