WHY IS A NEW BRIDGE NEEDED?
The Route 47 Missouri River Bridge needs to be replaced because of its deteriorating condition. It serves as a vital link for the communities on both sides of the river. The bridge, which opened in 1936, carries about 11,000 vehicles a day. The existing bridge has narrow lanes, no shoulders, restrictive weight limits and requires a regular cycle of maintenance work. The new bridge will provide safer and more efficient travel for the many motorists going between Franklin and Warren Counties.
Please note that despite the deteriorating condition of the existing bridge it is safe for travel.
WHERE WILL THE NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT?
The new bridge will be built just upstream (to the west) of the existing bridge.
WHAT WILL THE NEW BRIDGE LOOK LIKE?
The new bridge will have two 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders on the inside and outside. MoDOT has worked with local officials and community leaders to design the aesthetics of the bridge, which will include decorative lighting, railing details and decorative columns.
WILL THE NEW BRIDGE INCLUDE A BIKE-PEDESTRIAN LANE?
Yes, the new bridge will have a ten-foot protected bike/pedestrian path.
WHAT IS THE CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE?
Construction began in the summer of 2016. The new bridge will be open by late 2018. All construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019.
WHAT KIND OF TRAFFIC IMPACTS WILL THERE BE?
Off peak lane restrictions are possible with flaggers on hand to direct traffic. More major impacts are likely once the new bridge is ready to be tied into the existing roadway.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CURRENT BRIDGE?
The current bridge will be demolished after the new bridge opens to traffic.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROJECT?
The project was awarded to Alberici for approximately $63 million ($62,950,000.00). The project is funded with a combination of federal funds ($45.4 million), state and local funds ($13.8 million) and a TIGER Grant ($10 million).**
**The total amount for the project is $69.2 million, which reflects the cost of MoDOT's inspection and administration of the construction contract.
Upcoming Lane Closure on Route 47 (updated 04/23)
Traffic on the Warren County side of the Route 47 Missouri River Bridge will be shifted next week to allow crews to build the road to connect to the new bridge. In order to make the shift, crews will close down one lane of traffic on Route 47 starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. When the lane reopens at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, traffic on the Warren County side of the bridge will be shifted to the east. The traffic switch will remain in place until the new bridge opens late this year. All work is weather permitting.
Minor Traffic Impacts Expected on Route 47 (updated November 2016)
Trucks are continuing to deliver and unload material to the construction site between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. This requires crews to momentarily stop traffic on Route 47 in Warren County to allow the trucks to pull on and off the road.
Construction Camera is Live (updated November 2016)
The Route 47 Missouri River Bridge construction camera is now live. The camera will take a photo approximately every 10 to 20 minutes during the project. Click here to view the camera.
Rotary Riverfront Trail Closed (updated September 2016)
A portion of the Rotary Riverfront Trail in Washington is closed during construction. The eastern portion of the path, between the bridge and the sand plant, closed in September 2016 and will remain closed until early 2019.
Project Contract Awarded (updated June 2016)
The project was awarded to Alberici in June 2016 for approximately $63 million ($62,950,000.00)
Tiger Grant Award (updated October 2015)
MoDOT was awarded a $10 million federal TIGER grant in 2014 for the new Route 47 Missouri River Bridge. For more information on TIGER grants, go to www.dot.gov/tiger.