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Route 47 Missouri River Bridge


The Missouri River bridge, located between Jefferson City and St. Louis, provides a vital link between Warren County to the north and Franklin County to the south. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation, along with the City of Washington, Franklin and Warren Counties, the East West Gateway Council of Governments and the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, have partnered together to replace the deteriorating 1936 bridge.

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.  

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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.

TIGER GRANT INFORMATION

LATEST PROJECT NEWS

Lane Closures on Route 47 (updated 04/26)
Lane closures on Route 47 will be posted here as they become available.  To get e-updates on the project, click here.
Lane Shift on Route 47 (updated 05/02)
Traffic on the Warren County side of the bridge is shifted while crews work to build the road that will connect to the new bridge.  The traffic shift remain in place until the new bridge opens later this year.
Watch For Trucks Pulling On and Off Project ((updated November 2016)
Trucks continue 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.
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. 

Document Library 

Click the photo to see design drawings and other documents related to the new bridge. 

Project Flickr Page (updated 04/26)


Click the photo for the project photo album.  All photos are the property of MoDOT and may not be used without permission.

Live Camera 


Click the photo to be taken to the OxBlue camera page.  The camera takes a photo approximately every 20 minutes. 

WashMo Bridge Site 


Click the photo to be taken to the external photo side.  All photos are copyrighted by Brad Hildebrand and may not be used without permission

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