Leaving Kansas City to the east, Truman Road follows Route 12 from Interstate 435 to an intersection with Spring Street on the Independence Square. Along this stretch is Van Horn High School, the Maywood Business District, and the Truman home.
Truman Road east of Route 291 in Independence was originally called Spring Branch Road, after the nearby creek. Out here is an intersection with Route 78/Lake City-Buckner Road, as well as a bridge crossing over the Little Blue River. With the proposed extensions of Jackson Drive and the Little Blue Parkway north of 39th Street as well as future development, this stretch of Truman Road is due for upgrades, such as converting from two lanes to four.
The Truman Road corridor is served by two principal tax exempt entities. The Truman Road Corridor Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to investing in distressed real estate along the corridor and the Truman Road Community Improvement District is a sub-governmental entity largely tasked with maintaining the common areas along Truman Road.
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