Residents who use the Highway 47 corridor are being asked for their input as part of a corridor study being conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

“Some of the things they’re looking for is where you think the biggest problems are and potential solutions you might want to recommend,” Union City Administrator Russell Rost said.

Union City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann told the parks, buildings, development and public service committee this week that public participation is a major part of the study.

Several sections of the Highway 47 corridor being studied are slated for $12 million of resurfacing and safety improvements beginning this summer.

They will include high-friction surface treatments, improvements at intersections and new signage at identified trouble areas.

An online survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rte47.

The 11-question survey asks a series of questions regarding roadway safety, preferred routes, frequency of commute using Route 47, and preferred safety and roadway improvements.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes or less to complete.

The goal is to get input on what improvements will make the 13-mile section between Washington and St. Clair better.

The overall study will include data collection and assessment of the existing conditions, forecasts of future traffic conditions, preliminary alternatives, or quick fixes and preferred alternatives, or long-range fixes.

Although many on the committee feel the only true fix would be widening the entire corridor to four lanes, the consensus Friday was the committee will consider the smaller recommendations of the public and the traffic analysis.

History

In February 2016 the Highway 47 corridor committee hired the Lochmueller 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 that 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.