Day and Night Views of New Route 47 Missouri River Bridge
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in parternship with the City of Washington, Franklin County and Warren County will replace the deteriorating 1936 Route 47 bridge over the Missouri River in Washington, Missouri. This effort is with the support of East West Gateway Council of Governments and Boonslick Regional Planning Commission.
This Missouri River bridge is located between Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri. The bridge provides a vital link between Warren County to the north and Franklin County to the south.
MoDOT and the communities have worked together on some of the aesthetic details for the new bridge.
Public Hearing December 5, 2013
Motorists who use the 77-year old Route 47 Missouri River bridge connecting Franklin and Warren counties are invited to view plans for a new replacement bridge at a public hearing December 5. The public hearing will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Washington City Hall, 405 Jefferson Street, in the Council Chambers. Citizens can review the design plans and engineers will be available to answer questions during the open house. No presentations will be made.
To see the information for the public hearing, please CLICK HERE.
The existing 1936 Route 47 Missouri River Bridge needs to be replaced because of its deteriorating condition.
The preferred alternative to the existing bridge is to construct a new bridge just upstream or west of the existing structure. The new bridge will provide two 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders and an ten-foot protected bike/pedestrian path with a connection to the KATY Trail in Warren County. Funding for the new bridge is available for construction to start in fall 2016.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in partnership with the City of Washington, Franklin and Warren counties have worked together to develop the plan for a new bridge. This plan is with the support of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission.
Why is a new bridge needed?
The Route 47 Missouri River Bridge needs to be replaced because of its deteriorating condition as it is a vital link for the communities on both sides of the river. About 11,000 vehicles travel over the bridge each day. The existing bridge has narrow lanes with no shoulders. It has restrictive weight limits and requires a regular cycle of rehabilitation work. The proposed new bridge would provide safer and more efficient travel for many motorists traveling between Franklin and Warren counties.
While MoDOT is excited to continue to improve Missouri’s transportation system, motorists are reminded that the existing Route 47 bridge is safe. A new bridge will improve safety, improve reliability and contribute to the continued growth in the area for the future.
PARTNERSHIPS COMMUNITY FEATURES
East West Gateway Amtrak
Boonslick Regional Planning Commission KATY Trail
Historic Washington Missouri Washington Bike Plan
Franklin County Washington Regional Airport
For More Information
Contact Judy Wagner, MoDOT Area Engineer at 636-931-3508 or e-mail Judy.Wagner@modot.mo.gov