New 152 Bridge open, work continues on Kansas Street

Workers from Miles Excavating build the retaining wall on the south side of Kansas Street not far from the intersection of Forrest Avenue. While the Missouri Highway 152 bridge over Interstate 35 is now open, continued construction will cause disruptions to Kansas Street.

LIBERTY — While storms resulted in cancellation of the Monday, Aug. 26, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Missouri Highway 152 bridge at Missouri Highway 291, by Wednesday, Aug. 28, traffic was again flowing across the bridge.

In March of 2019, crews for the Missouri Department of Transportation began building the two companion bridges with eight lanes in one and three lanes in the other.

The old bridge was removed the weekend of May 31. Drivers have had to find detours for about three months, but Miles Excavation completed the bridge 20 days ahead of schedule.

Miles Excavating was awarded the contract from MoDOT earlier this year for the bridge work over Interstate 35 and Highway 152 work from Church Road through Kansas Street in Liberty. The city is responsible for the Kansas Street portion from the bridge to Missouri Highway 291.

While the Highway 152 bridge is open, there is still more work to be completed that will cause traffic disruptions along Kansas Street.

At the Liberty City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 26, Public Works Director Andy Noll said Conistor Street will be closed at its intersection with Kansas Street on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The closure will stretch a block back to the intersection with Stewart Road.

“This closure is slated for about two weeks,” Noll said. “Probably in about three to four weeks, the teams will hit the Highway 291 and Kansas Street intersection.”

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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