LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Lake of the Ozarks Board of Alderman voted to shut off site visitors on Bagnell Dam Boulevard, or “the Strip,” from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Wednesday, Sept.15 till Monday, Sept. 20.
The closure is because of the upcoming Bikefest occasion.
I’m right here on the Lake Ozark Strip the place town’s Board of Alderman voted no autos aside from bikes or emergency autos can be allowed to enter from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. beginning Wednesday. @KOMUnews pic.twitter.com/LnpFWtiXEu
— Elyse Schoenig (@ElyseSchoenig) September 13, 2021
In response to town’s public data officer, bikes, three-wheel autos and emergency autos will nonetheless be allowed to drive on the Strip. He mentioned Bikefest’s sponsor normally applies for a allow to shut simply the middle lane of Bagnell Dam Boulevard for bikes to park. This yr, nobody utilized.
“The strain was mounting from the general public, motorcyclists, motorbike lovers, restaurant/bar homeowners to have it [the Strip] shut,” Dan Area mentioned. “An ordinance was introduced ahead to town final week, and so they voted unanimously to shut it.”
Area mentioned that is the primary time site visitors on the Strip has been closed for this will days. In earlier years, different autos have been in a position to park on either side of the middle lane and up and down the strip itself due to the allow. This yr, all different autos will be unable to cross drive by means of the world from Ballenger Highway to the dam.
“We’re mainly accommodating Bikefest in doing this,” Area mentioned.
One restaurant supervisor alongside the Strip says he isn’t nervous about his enterprise for the week.
“We’ll nonetheless be busy with all of the bikes, they’re going to be up and down the strip,” Stewart’s Restaurant supervisor Richard Crimins mentioned. “We’ll additionally nonetheless get some locals within the mornings.”
For one Lake of the Ozarks resident, nonetheless, she mentioned she needed to eat at Crimins’s restaurant Monday as a result of she will not be capable to get in throughout Bikefest.
“We’ll allow them to have their enjoyable,” Darline Schmitt mentioned. “We now have all of it the opposite occasions.”
In response to earlier KOMU 8 reporting, a deadly shooting occurred in July on the Bagnell Dam Strip.
Crimins mentioned he isn’t nervous that what occurred simply down the road will occur once more.
“I feel that was an remoted incident,” he mentioned. “I have been right here 8 or 9 years and that is the primary time one thing like this has ever occurred.”
The Bagnell Dam bridge can also be closed for the next three months as a consequence of building.