VIDEO: MODOT Implodes Old Route 47 Bridge

By on April 16, 2019

The old Route 47 Missouri River Bridge near Washington, Missouri, was imploded on April 11, at 10:30 a.m.. The new bridge, which is larger and has a shared use path, connects Washington, Missouri (in Franklin County) with Warren County.

The steel from the old bridge will be removed from the river and salvaged.

The old Route 47 Missouri River Bridge was in need of replacing due to its deteriorating condition.  The bridge, which opened in 1936, carried about 11,000 vehicles a day and served as a vital link to the communities on both sides of the river.  The old bridge had narrow lanes, no shoulders, restrictive weight limits, and required a regular cycle of maintenance work.

The new bridge has two 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders on the inside and outside. MoDOT worked with local officials and community leaders to design the aesthetics of the bridge, which includes decorative lighting, railing details and decorative columns. The new bridge also has a 10-foot protected bike/pedestrian path.

Construction began in the summer of 2016.  The new bridge opened in late 2018.  All construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2019.

The project was awarded to Alberici for approximately $63 million ($62,950,000.00). It 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.

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