FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Mountain Parkway Expansion?

This project will widen and extend the existing Mountain Parkway to create a modern, four-lane highway from Interstate 64 near Winchester to U.S. 23 near Prestonsburg. When completed, the Parkway will be part of a four-lane, high-speed corridor that will run the length of the state – from Paducah to Pikeville.

How much will this project cost?

The Kentucky General Assembly has approved using a mix of conventional state and federal highway funds for the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

The project also has been selected for two federal grants. In September 2014, the Mountain Parkway Expansion received a $24 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to finance the Restaurant Row segment of the Parkway. This grant allowed construction on Restaurant Row to begin two years ahead of schedule. In 2020, the Wolfe County Segment was awarded a $55 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant.

When will this project be completed?

The project began in early 2015 with construction on the Magoffin County Central segment. Currently, approximately 66% of the project is completed or under construction.

The Wolfe County segment is preparing for construction and is expected to be completed by 2027.

The construction schedule for the remainder of the project (KY 114) depends on the availability of state and federal funding.

Will the road between Salyersville and Prestonsburg follow KY 114?

The project team has been studying the following two routes for the segment between Salyersville and Prestonsburg:

  • Extending the four-lane parkway along the current KY 114 corridor
  • Building a four-lane expressway in an area to the north of KY 114

In April and November 2015, KYTC representatives held public meetings to share information about both routes and gather input from residents and drivers who might be most affected by the project.

The decision-making process for this route remains underway. As the process moves forward, the project team will continue to share additional information with the public.

Why does the Parkway need to be expanded?

Improving safety and connectivity are the main reasons for expanding the Parkway. The half-century-old parkway will be widened to four lanes in order to support a higher volume of traffic travelling along this high-speed corridor. Additionally, interchanges will be updated and modernized to create a safer route for drivers. 

How do I find out more about this project?

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How can I provide input about this project?

You can email questions or comments to info@mtnparkway.com. Also, watch our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for notices of public meetings and announcements regarding the Mountain Parkway Expansion.