Construction milestone reached as frontage road scheduled for completion
SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (November 19, 2018) – A construction milestone on the Mountain Parkway is nearing completion as crews on Salyersville’s Restaurant Row aim to finish work on the final remaining section of the frontage road, and open the road for public use within the coming weeks.
While the two adjacent sections of the frontage road were completed earlier this year, the remaining section, located between traffic lights #2 and #3, will receive a final layer of asphalt before it will be completed and open to traffic.
“The project team has been working towards the completion of the frontage and backage roads since work began on Restaurant Row,” said Marshall Carrier, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “It’s great to see the pieces of the larger project all coming together, and to know that these frontage and backage roads will make a tremendous difference for the flow of traffic to and from local businesses and for drivers on the Parkway.”
Once the final section of the frontage road is open and operational, all remaining access points to businesses on Restaurant Row will transition completely over to the new backage and frontage roads; previous access points directly from the Parkway will be closed off permanently. Drivers wanting to access businesses will be able to enter the frontage and backage roads from several intersections located throughout Restaurant Row, while traffic moving along the Mountain Parkway will remain on the mainline drive.
“The frontage and backage roads are designed to increase safety on the Parkway, and to improve the flow of traffic between vehicles driving on the parkway, and vehicles turning to access businesses,” said Carrier. “By creating fewer, more controlled access points to businesses off the road, the project is significantly decreasing the opportunities for potentially dangerous traffic conflicts and crashes. This progress brings us one step closer to our end goal of creating a safer environment for drivers on the Parkway.”
About the Mountain Parkway Expansion
The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth. It is a key transportation project designed to close the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah. The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway to four lanes and extend the parkway by about 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.
For additional information, go to www.mtnparkway.com. Project updates may also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mtnparkway) and Twitter (@MtnParkway). A project office is open in Magoffin Plaza in Salyersville; call (606) 349-8160 for hours.