With the opening of Phase II of South Liberty Parkway on Oct. 18, 2018, area residents are enjoying another 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 was opened in October 2018.
The $26.1 million four lane, 2.5 mile extension of South Liberty Parkway from Withers 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.
The idea of an east/west interconnecting roadway between I-35 and Rte. 291 was first discussed in 1965. Phase I of the Parkway, from I-35 to Withers Road, was completed in 2005. The extension and opening of South Liberty Parkway came at a crucial time, as the Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of Liberty and City of Kansas City, Mo., were preparing to overhaul of the Kansas Street / MO 152 corridor / I-35 interchange in 2019. The demolition and reconstruction of the bridge over I-35, was expected to disrupt traffic patterns for four months in summer 2019. South Liberty Parkway, the Flintlock Flyover and the expansion of the Rte. 291 bridge over I-35 to the north provided crucial alternative routes into Liberty.