Highway 47

Residents can get a firsthand look at the most recent study of the Highway 47 corridor this week.

An open house will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Government Center in Union.

Visitors to the open house can review and comment on the traffic and analysis study conducted by the Lochmueller Group over the course of the past several months.

Representatives from the Lochmueller Group, Franklin County and MoDOT also will be at the open house to answer any questions visitors may have in an informal setting.

Data collected thus far and maps showing traffic counts, accidents and traffic flow will be available for review.  

In addition to the study data, the public is encouraged to give individual feedback about what they consider to be the issues and problems with the Route 47 corridor.   

County residents are encouraged to complete an online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rte47.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and all information will be evaluated by the Lochmueller Group and incorporated into its further investigation of the problems and potential remedies in the corridor.

Accompanying the survey questions are detailed maps which specify exact quadrants of the 13-mile corridor between Washington and St. Clair. The majority of the questions are multiple choice but a few, where individual intersections are listed, do ask for more detailed answers that will require some typing.

1. Where do you live?

2. Where do you work?

3. How often do you use the Highway 47 corridor?

4. How many times a day do you drive the Highway 47 corridor?

5. What time of day do you use the Highway 47 corridor?

6. What portion of the corridor do you use most frequently?

7. Why do you use the corridor?

8. Tell us which intersections you believe are unsafe and why?

9. Tell us which roadway segments you believe are unsafe and why?

10. What are your suggestions to improve safety and reduce congestion?

11. How much value do you place on adding a multi-use trail or other pedestrian improvements along the corridor?

Study

In February the Highway 47 corridor committee hired the group to conduct the Highway 47 study in efforts to alleviate the traffic problems that have plagued the route for many years and are continuing to get worse as the amount of traffic increases.

A contract was approved in August to pay Lochmueller Group $185,000 to conduct the analysis.

The county has pledged $75,000, the cities of Union and Washington have both pledged $50,000, and the Union and Washington Special Road districts have put in $5,000 each to fund the study.

In addition to the data collection and assessment of the existing conditions presented last week, the overall study should include forecasts of future traffic conditions, preliminary alternatives, or quick fixes and preferred alternatives, or long-range fixes.