Hwy 47 bridge construction @ Washington underway; bridge will include bike/ped path | emissourian.com

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The new structure is designed with two 12-foot driving lanes, two 10-foot shoulders and a 10-foot-wide biking/walking path along the west side. An overlook, where walkers and bikers can stop and view the river and cityscape, is proposed at the center bridge pier.

The new bridge path will connect to the current biking/walking path along Highway 47, north of the river, which ties into the state’s Katy Trail at Dutzow, one of the longest continuous bicycle trails in the United States.

The new bridge, designed by HDR, Inc., will have a 100-year life with limited maintenance and a variety of unique enhancements including variable depth, haunched steel girders and fluted bridge piers with architectural reveals.

MoBikeFed comment: The Hwy 47 bridge at Washington is the last Missouri River bridge along the Katy Trail to lack bike/ped access. After years of work by the local community and MoDOT, work in the bridge is underway.

The new bridge will include a bike/ped path that will connect Washington to the Katy Trail and also will form a key connection in the statewide Katy/Rock Island Trail loop system.