LIBERTY - The Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of Liberty and the City of Kansas City begin improvements on the Interstate 35 and Route 291 Interchange in Liberty. Crews have mobilized in the area and will begin setting temporary concrete barriers on I-35 for traffic control during construction. This will require lane closures on north and southbound I-35 beginning Saturday, Jan. 19.
The left lane of north and southbound I-35 at Rout 291 will close from 6:30 a.m. to noon and the right lane of north and southbound I-35 will close from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday only. Additional restrictions should be expected as construction continues. Crews will maintain at least one lane of traffic on Route 291 in each direction during construction. Temporary ramp closures will occur to connect the new bridge to the ramps and access to businesses will be provided throughout the length of the project.
This $10.659 million project was awarded to Clarkson Construction and is expected to be completed by December 2013. Improvements include replacing the existing bridge with a wider structure to 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. This will significantly reduce congestion and safety issues at this location.
Other improvements include relocating the north I-35 ramps closer to the new bridge; 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 constructing a 10 foot multi-use path on the north side of the bridge to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
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