Talks to widen Highway 50 from Progress Parkway to Interstate 44 halted more than four years ago.

That’s according to City Administrator Russell Rost, who was working with the Highway 50 Partnership to improve the roadway statewide.

Last week Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Judy Wagner told the Washington Transportation Committee that widening the highway is still on the radar, but not likely to happen in the foreseeable future.

Rost said the city “would love to hear if it had some feasibility.”

Widening the road was part of the Highway 50 partnership initiative and includes four lanes to Kansas City.

The city of Union joined the partnership several years ago, along with Gasconade, Osage, Cole and counties west of Jefferson City.

However, the last partnership meeting was held approximately four years ago. Rost said that despite several attempts to contact the executive director of the partnership and visiting Jefferson City twice to try and make contact, his belief is that the partnership is “defunct.”

According to the original agreement, if MoDOT were to fund the project, the city would participate in a 50/50 cost-share.

But the entire project has been sitting on hold for about 10 years, Rost said.

History

From 2012 to 2014, MoDOT widened a portion of the highway in Osage County.

Highway 50 is two lanes from Interstate 44 west to east of Progress Parkway. The highway is two lanes from Union west to Loose Creek, located east of Jefferson City, and four lanes throughout Jefferson City to California, Mo. West of California, Highway 50 is two lanes until Sedalia where it is four lanes west to Kansas City.

Highway 50 passes through seven counties between Sedalia and Union.

Since the seven-mile stretch in Osage County was completed, there has been no funding available for additional widening of the 91 miles of two-lane Highway 50.

That includes Highway 50 east of Progress Parkway to I-44, as well as the highway west of Union throughout Franklin and Gasconade counties.

In 2010, Highway 50 was widened from two to five lanes from Highway 47 South to east of Denmark Road/Progress Parkway.

That first phase of the project was $7 million and was completed through cost sharing between Franklin County and the city of Union.

The cost has been estimated at $88 million for Phase II which includes interchange work, and would include a local match.

Upgrades to the Highway 50 corridor from Progress Parkway to I-44 is slated for funding in the draft of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments 2031-40 investment priority plan.