South Liberty Parkway

Phase II of South Liberty Parkway will open southern Liberty for further development and provide a much needed East/West route. 

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 will include 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.

Located south of Phase II is also the location of Liberty's new Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Project Timeline 

Ribbon Cutting and Opening of South Liberty Parkway, Phase II scheduled for Oct. 18

October 2018 - A sign of progress! A new traffic light at the South Liberty Parkway / Rte. 291 intersection was installed in early October. The South Liberty Parkway, Phase II extension is scheduled to open later this month.

August 2018 - Progress continues on South Liberty Parkway with the installation of six 150-foot concrete bridge girders over the CP/UP railroad tracks.  Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. used a "beam launcher" which is a unique technique where an open box truss topped with rails and a wheeled dolly are used to slide the girders across the truss span where they are the picked into place by the cranes at each end. 

 The pre-cast girders are delivered to the site by a tractor truck and backed up to the launcher with the leading end loaded onto it by crane.  With one end on the launcher, the truck backs up pushing the girder along the top of the truss via a rail and wheeled dolly.

June 2018 - Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. took drone video to show the progress of the project. Video captions mark various project features like future trail underpasses and the intersections at MO-291, Arsenal Drive, Birmingham Road and Withers Road.

May 2018 

  • The contractor for Buckeye Pipeline has started working on relocation of the petroleum pipeline. Once the relocation is complete, the roadway contractor will be able to remove the remaining soil hill that can be seen from 291 Hwy and complete the final grading for the roadway. 
  • The City's contractor has completed the bridge deck that will carry traffic and pedestrians over Little Shoal Creek and the BNSF Railroad, and is working on paving a 1.8 mile stretch of the parkway. 

 March 2018 - Bridgework underway at South Liberty Parkway and Withers Road.  

SLP P2 west bridge for web

February 2018- The contractor is mobilizing equipment just to the west of the intersection of South Withers Road and South Liberty Parkway for the construction of the first of two bridges.  Expect to see two cranes at the project site in the next couple of weeks.

August 2017 - Check out this drone video of the progress on the parkway»

March 2017 - The contractor has completed a majority of the structure that supports the long bridge over the BNSF railroad and Little Shoal Creek. Remaining bridge work will resume in several months.  The contractor has completed about 40 percent of the rough grading for the roadway, has placed many of the cross road drainage pipes and has placed one of the trail underpasses.  The contractor will be focused on the grading of the project for the next several months. 

South Liberty Parkway, Phase 2 bridgework

June 2016 - Members of the Liberty City Council were joined by former Mayors Glenna Todd, Steve Hawkins and Robert Steinkamp as well as representatives from various City Boards, Commissions and Task Forces, property owners and contractors for a ceremonial groundbreaking on this project.

March 2016 - City Council approved a contract with Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc. for Design-Build services in connection with South Liberty Parkway, Phase 2.

August 2015 - City issues a final Request for Proposals

February 2015 - City issues a Request for Qualifications

November 2014 - Liberty voters approved a 3/8-cent Economic Development Sales Tax that will fund South Liberty Parkway, Phase 2.

- Phase 1 of South Liberty Parkway, from I-35 to Withers Road, was completed.