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Route 291 and I-35 interchange

Project Resources:

Public Meeting Handout

work zone

Project Status:

Completed and Open to Traffic!


Why is MoDOT doing this project?

The current interchange at I-35 and Route 291 causes problems for both Liberty and Kansas City citizens as they try to get to work, run errands, and get their children to school.

The purpose of this project is to enhance capacity and improve safety forinterchange photo the existing Route 291 and I-35 Interchange to accommodate the current and future needs of citizens, visitors, and businesses within the Cities of Liberty and Kansas City.

How will this project benefit me?

The proposed design will replace the existing bridge with a wider structure, adding a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists on the north side. This design will widen the bridge adding more lanes in several locations to significantly reduce congestion and safety issues in this location.

The wider bridge will allow for increased capacity. Dual left turn lanes will be added on southbound Route 291 to northbound I-35, and northbound 291 to southbound I-35 will have a longer turn lane to accommodate more vehicles.

Based on the feedback received from the public and community stakeholders, the revised plans include:

  • Building a Tight Urban Diamond Interchange that relocates the north I-35 ramps closer to the new bridge,
  • Leave Church Road essentially in its current location,
  • Adding a third through lane on northbound Route 291 from Glenn Hendren to Ash Street,
  • Adding a right turn lane on southbound Route 291 from west of the intersection with Church Road and extending to the southbound ramp to I-35,
  • Adding dedicated turn lanes at Ash/96th onto Route 291,
  • Adding another left turn lane on Glenn Hendren to southbound Route 291, and
  • Widening the multi-use path to 10 feet on the bridge.

What is the time line of this project?

The project is currently under construction with a tentative completion date of December 2013. This schedule is dependent on many factors including right of way acquisition and weather.

During construction, the congested area will become slower moving. Drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes whenever possible. Construction is staged in phases, allowing at least one lane open to traffic in each direction during project construction.

  • Route 291 will have at least one lane open in each direction during construction.
  • Temporary ramp closures will occur to connect the new bridge to the ramps.
  • Access to businesses will be provided throughout the length of the project.

The following links show the proposed staging of work on the project. These may change as construction moves forward.

How are the improvements funded?

The project is being funded primarily through four sources.  This project is funded  through MoDOT Cost Share Program in a partnership between MoDOT and the City of Liberty. Additional funds will be provided by the Kansas City Shoal Creek TIF and Federal Surface Transportation Program Funds.

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