Downtown Reconstruction

Liberty's downtown received a much needed update in 2016-2017 thanks to a voter approved Economic Development Sales Tax. $5 million is allocated to public infrastructure within the downtown area. Highlights of the project include reconstruction of the streets, sidewalks, and utilities around the Liberty "square" area. Sidewalks are now a wider, more pedestrian friendly 14 feet in a number of sections, new landscaping and crosswalks define the intersections and even parking was upgraded. 

Main looking east

Project Updates

The Downtown Streetscape Project is now substantially complete. The contractor and the City Public Works Department continue to work together to address deficiencies throughout the project and tie up loose ends. This includes replacing damaged and/or cracked concrete, cleaning up marks left by the curb sealant installation and more. The team wants to leave the project in tip top shape. 

December 20 -
Project is complete.

August 15 - The construction of the seat walls around the project and the monument signs at Main and Mississippi are complete.

August 3 - Hardscape fixtures like benches, trash/recycling cans and bike racks were delivered and installed.

July 6 - New street trees were installed around the project

June 27 - The City of Liberty and Historic Downtown Liberty Inc. hosted Celebrate Liberty Downtown, a ribbon cutting and event with games, entertainment and great downtown shopping and dining to celebrate the near-completion of the Downtown Streetscape Project. 
June 23 - The contractors began working on some of the finishing touches, including:

  • constructing the seat walls around the square.
  • connecting the irrigation systems for the landscaping beds
  • filling the landscaping beds with planting soil
June 16 -  The contractor finished installing the last of the clay pavers and placed the caulking between the sidewalks and curbs. The crew also started building the seat walls.

June 2 -
The striping crew came in this week and put down the lines for the parking stalls and cross walks on Kansas and Water streets. The streets reopened to traffic on June 2.  The crew also started work laying the clay paver bands down Kansas Street today.

May 26
- All of the remaining sidewalks were installed. There are some open spaces that remain in the sidewalk, which will eventually be filled with clay pavers, street markers and landscaping.

May 19
- The contractor completed pouring the specialty concrete in the crosswalks at the intersection fo Kansas and Water. They also began re-purposed the old granite curbing in the landscaping beds.

May 12 -
All of the roadway pavement has been poured, except for the specialty colored concrete cross walks. 

May 5 - The construction crews completed all the curb and gutter for the project and has made significant progress on the installation of the concrete paving of the final phase. 

April 28 - The construction crews were able to complete all of the paver bands and street marker bands that were previously constructed. They also completed about 75% of curb and gutter.

The electrical contractor has powered all of the street lights that are installed and has completed the installation of all conduits. There are still several street lights to be installed along with the wire that will provide power to light them up.

April 21 - The contractor has completed the demolition of the existing roadway and has one remaining water main connection to make to complete all the under ground work.

April 14 - Phase 4, Part 1 is complete! Crews wrapped up pouring all the sidewalks and put down the new pavement markings along the Main Street section of the project. Street light installation and the paver bands will continue to be installed over the coming weeks but Main Street is now open to traffic.

The crew moved the road barricades and construction staging down to the Kansas and Water intersection today (Friday, April 14). Water will be closed from Mill to Kansas (except for Clay County Sheriff vehicles) and Kansas will continue to be closed to through traffic.The contractor has already started removing the old roadway.

April 6 - 
The sunshine is back and the crews worked today on demolishing the sidewalks along the west side of Main Street and started pouring the new concrete starting with the bump on northern bump out at the Kansas and Main intersection. 

March 31 - The crew completed the accessible curb ramps, poured the pavement for a third corner bump-out at Main and Kansas and started replacing the plywood placeholders in phases 1-3 with new clay pavers and decorative street markers.

March 24  
With wet weather in the early week forecasts, the contractor shifted focus away from the Main Street sidewalks to the colored specialty concrete at the corners. The contractor also started the process to install the clay pavers and the street name markers at Water and Franklin which will see the removal of the temporary plywood that was placed at regular intervals in the previous phases

March 10 - 
The crew poured the concrete for the parking and roadway down Main Street. A few of the new LED light poles installed along phases 1 and 3 are now in service.

March 3 - The construction crews placed most of the concrete in the curb forms for this section of Phase 4. They will have about 10 percent of the curbs to complete next week.

February 27 - The contractor removed all of the pavement for the first segment of Phase 4 and is completing the water service connections for each building. With the asphalt out of the way, the crew anticipates placing the base rock and curbing next week.

Nearly 70 percent of the electrical conduit in this segment has been installed and the remainder will be in place at the beginning of March. The electrical contractor has also installed a number of the new street lights on Franklin and Water streets. Those are awaiting the final touches and should be fully functional in the next few days.

February 3 - The contractor has completed as much of the underground construction of storm sewer and water lines as possible without completely removing all of the existing pavement.

Coming up next week the crew will be testing the water line. Water line acceptance testing will require some flushing of the new mains so it will not be unusual to have signs of water running down the street. Once the water lines are approved, we will have wait for warmer weather to continue construction. We expect to have at least three down weeks before any more progress on the project can be made. The streets and parking will remain open during this waiting period.

January 27 - T

he contractor is nearly complete with the installation of the storm sewer system!

They'll be focusing on installing the remaining water lines next week. This will affect the intersection of Kansas and Water and will require that Water street be closed at Mill Street beginning on Monday. It is expected to reopen later in the week.

Please be prepared for detours as the water line work is completed.

Week of January 9 - Work on Phase 4 began. The contractor is tackling this phase in even smaller pieces to minimize street closures and traffic disruptions as much as possible.

The crew is beginning below ground utilities upgrades, beginning on Main, from Kansas to Franklin. Parking will be closed to allow for staging of equipment and will remain closed while crews replace the water and sewer lines.

There will be some full road closures on Main Street as the contractor gets closer to the intersection of Main and Franklin where the crew will make the connection to the storm sewer installed during Phase 1.

Once the installation of the storm sewer and water main is complete, the contractor will finish along Main by placing a temporary surface for parking along the path of the work. The crew will then move on to complete the same process along Kansas, still minimizing street closures and traffic disruptions.

Getting this utilities work done up front will make street reconstruction, which will include road closures, move more quickly. Street reconstruction, sidewalk and curbing work won’t begin until we can be assured of a long stretch of warmer weather to allow the concrete to cure.

December 2016 - During the winter months, contractor will be working on the sewer lines behind some of the downtown buildings and the new street light poles will be installed as they are delivered. Work on Phase 4 will get underway in the Spring of 2017. 

November 21, 2016 - Phase 3 was opened to traffic. 

November 18, 2016
 - Contractors wrapped up work on Phase 3 this week and finished pouring sidewalks along Franklin and Water streets.
Phase 3 will reopen to traffic on Monday! In the coming weeks, the contractor will be working on the sewer behind some of the downtown buildings and the new street light poles will be installed as they are delivered.

You may notice plywood patches in the new sidewalk. These are temporary covers for the spots where decorative brick elements will be added in the spring. 

November 11, 2016 The contractor worked on removing and replacing the sidewalk along Water and Franklin streets, with much of the work completed along Water Street and on the south side of Franklin Street.

Two crews worked on this project this week -- one placed the colored concrete for the pedestrian bump-outs at each corner and a second placed the plain grey concrete sidewalks.

November 4, 2016 - The contractor was limited in items they could accomplish this week while they waited for the concrete to cure. They were able to place the remaining paving at the intersection of Water and Franklin and City crews replaced the aging crosswalk paving at Kansas and Water streets.

October 25, 2016 - The crew began pouring the new concrete roadway on Franklin Street, between Water and Main streets. Each section will need to cure for approximately 7 days. 

October 21, 2016 - Installation of the new water main is now complete and all adjacent buildings have been connected to the new main. A temporary street lighting solution, which utilizes the existing decorative light poles (that will eventually be removed as a part of this project), two wood poles, and one aluminum pole on Main Street, was completed to provide lighting to the downtown square area until the new decorative lighting fixtures are delivered and installed.

October 14, 2016 - The contractor has completed installation of the new sanitary sewer and water main on Water and Franklin streets. The water main now has to pass safety testing before it can be placed in service. This testing should be completed early next week.

October 5, 2016 - The sections of Main, Kansas and Gallatin streets that were closed as part of Phases 1 and 2 are open! 

Crews have moved on to Phase 3. Water Street is closed from Kansas to Franklin. Franklin Street is closed to through traffic from Missouri to Main.

During Phase 3, the best ways to access the downtown area will be:
-- on Kansas from the west
-- on Main from the north
-- on Water from the south.

September 28, 2016 - Striping will be underway on Main Street, between Mississippi and Franklin Streets. It will get a little dusty as they will have to sandblast to remove the concrete curing agent before striping. 

September 23, 2016 - The electrical sub-contractor completed most of the conduit installation, which allowed the general contractor to place the concrete pavement in the intersection of Main and Franklin Streets. The Phase 1 crew also began installing the specialty concrete at the west corner of Main and Franklin. 

The Phase 2 crew finished the roadway preparation this week and placed two of the three layers of asphalt on Kansas St.

September 21, 2016 - Mayor Brenton met with Downtown business owners to talk about the status of the Downtown Streetscape Project. The group discussed the plan to move Phase 4 of the project to the spring so that the downtown square can be fully open for shoppers during the holiday season.

September 16, 2016
- On Phase 1, the crew finished pouring the standard sidewalk on the west side of Main Street and continued with the installation of the electrical distribution equipment for the project. The Phase 2 crew installed the concrete curb on the north side of Kansas St. and prepared the subgrade for placement of asphalt pavement.

September 9, 2016
 The crews got a lot done this week, including: 
- Curbing was installed at the intersection of Main and Franklin Streets
- First phase of decorative crosswalks installed at the intersection of Main and Franklin Streets
- Light pole bases installed
- Underground conduit for electrical installed
- Poured more new sidewalks, including the walkways in front of James Country Mercantile and Three Gables Decor (about 75% of the concrete sidewalk work is now complete!)

August 26, 2016 - The contractor completed most of the roadway pavement on Main Street and most of the storm sewer on Phase 2.

August 17, 2016 - In an effort to make up time lost due to delays from unforeseen utility issues, City staff requested that the Downtown Streetscape Project contractor bring in a second crew to begin work on Phase 2 of the project on Kansas Street.

During this time, the original crew continued working on Phase 1 on Main Street between Mississippi and Franklin.

August 5, 2016The downtown project didn't see much visible progress this week while the general contractor was coordinating new electrical service requirements and sub contractors. Capital Electric, the electrical sub contractor, installed several light pole bases and electrical conduits feeding the light bases. 

July 22-29, 2016 - The contractor completed all the underground work, graded a portion of Main Street; poured several hundred feet of concrete curb and a large section of the roadway.

June/July, 2016 - Much of the work has focused on below-ground infrastructure improvements, specifically, water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer lines. The contractor experienced delays due to unforeseen utilities issues, but continued to get back on track. Toward the end of July, grading began and was quickly followed by the beginning installation of curbs and roadway.  
June 17, 2016  - The contractor will be finishing up the water line installation between Franklin and Mississippi. Next week, the contractor will perform disinfection and acceptance tests of the water line and begin installation of the sanitary sewer in the alley between Main and Water and on a short section of sanitary sewer on Main. 

June  9, 2016 - members of the Liberty City Council were joined  representatives from HDLI and downtown task forces and City Staff for a ceremonial groundbreaking on this project. 

June 7, 2016 - VF Anderson Builders LLC begins work on phase 1 of the project on Main Street, between Franklin and Mississippi streets. Businesses will remain open during this project! 

April 27, 2016 - City holds a Business Owners Open House, providing an opportunity for stakeholders to see the design, meet the design team and the contractors. 

April 25, 2016 - City Council approves contract with VF Anderson Builders LLC for the Liberty Downtown Streetscape Project. (April 25 City Council meeting agenda and video.)

August 20, 2015
- City holds a public meeting to gain input from the public on the design for the downtown streetscape improvements. 

July 27, 2015 - City Council approves contract with Confluence for professional design services for the Downtown Reconstruction Project. 

January 2015 - Downtown Task Force formed to seek and gather input from property owners, merchants and citizens on the project. 

November 2014 - Liberty voters approved a 3/8-cent Economic Development Sales Tax that will fund improvements to streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and below-ground infrastructure in historic downtown Liberty.