Spur 601 was officially designated in 2006. In February 2007, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) entered into a "pass-through finance" agreement to obtain funds for the construction of the route; groundbreaking was held in the same year. On May 29, 2009, the first segment of Spur 601 opened to traffic between Global Reach Drive and Loop 375.In 2010, then Fort Bliss commander Major General Howard Bromberg asked that the route be named the Liberty Expressway; the request was approved on March 16th by the city of El Paso. Construction of Spur 601 was completed in January 2011, and a ceremony commemorating the freeway's completion was held by TxDOT on April 27, 2011. The construction of the route cost $368 million.