It is generally agreed that ranking as the No. 1 highway issue in Franklin County is Highway 47 from Washington to Union to St. Clair. The problem is the high volume of traffic on the two-lane road. One of the major bottlenecks for traffic is the intersection of Highways 47 and 50 in Union.
The Highway 47 corridor problems are recognized by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). It’s the same old story about solving our transportation problems in Franklin County and elsewhere — lack of funds. There is legislation pending in the General Assembly that would place on the ballot a sales tax for transportation. If the tax would be approved by the state’s voters, Highway 47 undoubtedly would be given a high priority for funding. The No. 1 issue had been the need for a new Highway 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington. That project is moving forward, with a construction start estimated at 2016.
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