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Route 291
Maintained by MoDOT
Length: 50 mi (80 km)
North end: I-435 (MO).svg Interstate 435 in Kansas City
South end: US 71.svg U.S. Route 71 in Harrisonville
Major cities: Kansas City
River Bend
Sugar Creek
Lee's Summit
Lake Winnebago
Missouri Highways
< Route 283 Route 340 >

Route 291 is a highway in western Missouri. Once designated as U.S. Route 71 Bypass, its northern terminus is at Interstate 435 in Kansas City; its southern terminus is at U.S. Route 71 in Harrisonville. The route was renumbered in the mid 1960's when I-29 was opened. It is a major highway in eastern Jackson County, Missouri. In Lee's Summit, Missouri it joins Interstate 470 until Interstate 70, I-470 ends. 291 continues north, through Independence, Sugar Creek, Riverbend, and Liberty Missouri. The Liberty Bend Bridge carries the highway across the Missouri River.

Route 291 was Route 35 from 1926 to 1939, and then U.S. Route 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.


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