Missouri Route 291

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Route 291 marker

Route 291
Route information
Maintained by MoDOT
Length 49.431 mi[1] (79.551 km)
Major junctions
South end I-49 / US 71 in Harrisonville
North end near I-435 in Kansas City
Highway system
Route 283 Route 340

Route 291 is a state highway in the western part of the U.S. state of Missouri. Its southern terminus is at I-49/US 71 in Harrisonville; its northern terminus is at I-435 in Kansas City. The route was once designated as US 71 Bypass. Route 291 serves as a main arterial road and commercial strip in Liberty and Independence.

Route description[edit]

Route 291 begins in central Cass County at an interchange with I-49/US 71 in Harrisonville. Here, the roadway continues as Cantrell Road. It travels to the north, intersecting Route P (203rd Street), and past Country Creek Golf Club. It has a brief concurrency with Route 58. The two routes separate after just over 1 mile (1.6 km). Route 291 is a major highway in eastern Jackson County. In Lee's Summit, it has an interchange with Route 150. After it passes Shamrock Hills Golf Course, it has a very brief concurrency with US 50. After the two highways separate, Route 291 travels through the main part of the city and has an interchange with I-470. The two highways begin a concurrency for the remainder of I-470's length. They have an interchange with Strother Road and then meet Woods Chapel Road. Then, they have an interchange with Lakewood Boulevard and Bowlin Road. Here, they pass to the east of Lakewood Oaks Golf Club. After crossing over the Little Blue River and entering Independence, they have an interchange with US 40 (Cpl M.E. Webster Memorial Parkway). Shortly afterward is an interchange with I-70, where I-470 meets its eastern terminus. Route 291 continues to the north. It has an interchange with 39th Street. It crosses over a Kansas City Southern Railway line on the southeastern corner of Van Hook Park. After a more westerly jog, it intersects Route 78 (East 23rd Street South). Immediately after crossing over a Union Pacific Railroad line is an interchange with Truman Road. Farther along is an interchange with US 24. Route 291 passes to the west of Winterstone Golf Course and travels to the north-northwest. It crosses over Mill Creek. It then crosses over a Union Pacific Railroad line just to the west of the River Bluff Nature Preserve. The highway then crosses over the Missouri River on the Liberty Bend Bridge. On the northern shore of the river, it enters River Bend. In town is an interchange with Route 210. The highway enters Clay County and Liberty. Route 291 curves to the west and then to the northwest. It intersects the eastern terminus of Route 152 (West Kansas Street). It curves to the north and parallels I-35/US 69 before curving back to the northwest and meeting those routes at an interchange. Almost immediately is an intersection with the southern terminus of Route A (Church Road). Route 291 curves to the west and has an interchange with I-435, where it ends.


The route was renumbered in the mid-1960s when I-29 was opened.

It originally crossed the Missouri River about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of where it does now, until 1949, when the Missouri River was rerouted. The county line stayed constant, however, leaving some of Jackson County north of the river. It was aligned on what is now the western frontage road in southern Liberty, Southview Drive, until the mid-1970s, when a four-lane Route 291 was built.

Route 291 was designated as "Route 35" from 1926 to 1939, and then "US 71 Bypass" until 1972. From 1922 to 1926, Route 35 took the western route between Harrisonville and Kansas City, while Route 1 followed present Route 291; US 71 replaced that part of Route 1 in 1926, but followed what had been Route 35, and so Route 35 was moved east to replace the piece of Route 1 bypassed by US 71.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Cass Harrisonville 0.000–
I-49 / US 71 / Cantrell Road – Kansas City, Joplin I-49 exit 160
0.266 0.428 Rock Haven Road / Commercial Street former US 71
6.458 10.393 Route P
8.476 13.641 Route 58 east – Pleasant Hill south end of Route 58 overlap
9.994 16.084 Route 58 west – Raymore north end of Route 58 overlap
Jackson Lee's Summit 15.507 24.956 Route 150 – Greenwood, Grandview interchange
16.963 27.299 US 50 west / Jefferson Street – Kansas City interchange; south end of US 50 overlap
17.779 28.613 US 50 east / Hamblen Road – Sedalia interchange; north end of US 50 overlap
21.091 33.943 I-470 west / Colbern Road interchange; south end of I-470 overlap; Route 291 south follows exit 10B
see I-470 (exits 10B-16)
Independence 27.448–
I-70 – Kansas City, St. Louis interchange; north end of I-470 overlap; signed as exits 16B (east) and 16C (west)
27.901 44.902 39th Street interchange
30.178 48.567 Route 78 (23rd Street) – Blue River College
31.122 50.086 Truman Road interchange
32.922 52.983 US 24 – Independence, Lexington interchange
Missouri River 36.398 58.577 Liberty Bend Bridge
River Bend 37.734 60.727 Route 210 / Lewis and Clark Trail – North Kansas City, Richmond interchange; south end of Lewis and Clark Trail overlap
Clay Liberty 41.432 66.678 Leonard Street former Route 33 north
42.542 68.465 Lewis and Clark Trail (Withers Road) / Liberty Drive north end of Lewis and Clark Trail overlap
43.080 69.331 Route 152 west (Kansas Street) – Business District

I-35 / US 69 / Route 110 (CKC) – Kansas City, Cameron
I-35 exit 17
LibertyKansas City line 44.789 72.081 Route A (Church Road)
Kansas City 49.283–
I-435 – St. Louis, KCI Airport, St. Joseph I-435 exit 36, 40 & 45
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Missouri Department of Transportation (April 11, 2017). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 11, 2017.