With the opening of Phase II of South Liberty Parkway on Oct. 18, 2018, area residents are enjoying another an east / west route that connects I-35 to Rte 291. In addition, more than 1,000 acres of land are now open for development.
The idea of an East/West interconnecting roadway between I-35 and 291 Highway was first discussed in 1965. To date, Phase I of the Parkway, from I-35 to Withers Road, has been built and Phase II, from Withers Road to 291 Highway is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
The $24 million 4-lane, 2.5 mile extension of South Liberty Parkway to 291 Highway includes water lines not only along Phase II roadway but also portions of Phase I and along Withers Road. Sidewalks, a bike path and elevated crossings over two railroad lines and a creek are also included in the scope of the project. Upon completion, more than 1,000 acres of land will be open for development.