At the direction of Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet ramped up its efforts in April 2014 to complete the long-awaited expansion of the Mountain Parkway. Since then, the Cabinet has been working with teams of engineers and transportation professionals to finalize the design and create the most efficient plan for Mountain Parkway construction.
The Mountain Parkway Expansion is being completed in phases to allow construction to begin on the portions of the parkway where most planning and design has been completed and land acquisition has begun.
The first phase of construction began in 2015 in Magoffin County, just west of Salyersville. Workers in this area are improving one of the most dangerous sections of the parkway in a nearly six-mile section immediately west of Salyersville’s Restaurant Row area.
Most of the parkway expansion and improvement work will occur in a 46-mile stretch between Campton and Prestonsburg. The expansion will create the same kind of four-lane, high-speed corridor that is in place along the first 43 miles of the parkway, from Interstate 64 to Campton.
The project is divided into six major segments, some with several subsections. These include:
- Wolfe County segment (11 miles) – MM 45.8 to 56.8
- Morgan County segment (8.2 miles) – MM 56.8 to 65
- Magoffin County West segment (4.6 miles) – MM 65 to 69.6
- Magoffin County Central segment (5.7 miles) –MM 69.6 to 75.3
- Salyersville Restaurant Row segment (2.4 miles) – End of Parkway to KY 114
- KY 114 segment (14 miles) – US 460 to KY 404 in Prestonsburg
In the Salyersville and Morgan County segments, engineers are working to finalize design and complete pre-construction work (including right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation) so projects in those areas will be shovel ready for construction in the 2016-17 biennium.
In three other areas, engineers and project planners are working on design alternatives to create the most effective route to improve the parkway. As designs are developed, the project team will share details with citizens and seek input. These three sections include the:
- Wolfe County segment between Campton and KY 205
- Magoffin County West segment near KY 134
- KY 114 segment between Salyersville and Prestonsburg