Details for Washington Bridge Ribbon Cutting and Opening

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, Dec. 1, for the new Route 47 Missouri River Bridge. There will be no access to the bridge from the Warren County (north) side. The public must enter the bridge from the Franklin County side.  Public parking and shuttles will be available at the Washington riverfront.

The new bridge is expected to open to traffic next week.  The exact day will depend on the weather.  Crews will stripe the new bridge and then shift southbound (going into Washington) traffic onto the new bridge.  They will then have to do some additional barrier work and striping before they shift northbound traffic.  No lane closures are expected but there could be traffic delays as the shift is made.  Please allow extra time when traveling through the area next week.

Other details about the ribbon cutting are as follows:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Route 47 Missouri River Bridge Set for December 1

Public to Have Chance to Walk on New Bridge


WASHINGTON – The new Route 47 Missouri River Bridge in Washington will soon open to traffic, but before that the public will get a chance to check out the new bridge.

A public event will be held on the new bridge on Saturday, December 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the bridge at 3 p.m.  Local, state and federal officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

Please note that no animals, bicycles or other wheeled devices (with the exception of wheelchairs and strollers) will be allowed on the bridge during the public event.  Coolers will also not be allowed on the bridge.

Public parking will be available at the Washington riverfront with buses available to shuttle people to the bridge.  There will be limited street parking around the bridge and some street closures around the area for safety.  There is no public access to the bridge from the Warren County side of the river. 

In addition to the public bridge event, the Four Rivers Family YMCA will host a fun run on the morning of December 1, which will cross the new bridge.  For details on the run, call the YMCA at 636-239-5704.

After the ceremony, the City of Washington will host a party on the riverfront with refreshments and fireworks.  For details, contact the City of Washington at 636-390-1000. 

The new bridge is expected to open to traffic the week of December 3, weather permitting.  The new bridge has two 12-foot lanes and 10-foot shoulders, as well as a 10-foot protected bike/pedestrian path.  The $63 million project began in August 2016.  Although the new bridge opens this year, demolition of the current bridge and final touches on the new bridge continues into mid-2019.

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