Mountain Parkway Expansion Map from Feb. 21, 2023 Public Meeting
PRELIMINARY – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
300 attended Public Information Meeting Feb. 21
Area residents and interested parties gathered Feb. 21 at a public information meeting to get the latest on one of Gov. Andy Beshear’s top transportation priorities – the Magoffin County-Floyd County segment of the long-awaited Mountain Parkway Expansion project.
About 300 people attended the open-house-format meeting at Magoffin County High School in Salyersville. The project team and personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) provided information about the preliminary alignment of a cross-country segment that is the preferred route for extending the parkway from Salyersville, where it currently ends, to Prestonsburg.
Meeting attendees were able to review the latest maps and exhibits and discuss the geographical challenges and unique features with project engineers and other representatives. “Whether in-person or via phone call or email, we are grateful for the community’s input,” said KYTC engineer Aric Skaggs, P.E., the project manager. “We’ve learned by listening to those who had concerns or were just curious.”
Written statements will be accepted up to 14 days after the meeting at the KYTC District 10 office, P.O. Box 621, Jackson, Ky. 41339, or click to email.
Proposed Route Location
This segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion is proposed to extend from U.S. 460 in Salyersville to Ky. 404 in Prestonsburg. The preferred option would be to construct a new, cross-country route. This preferred option would cause fewer disruptions and property impacts to homes and businesses versus expanding the parkway along the current Ky. 114 corridor.
- The project would extend the Mountain Parkway from U.S. 460 in Salyersville to Ky. 404 in Prestonsburg as a four-lane, limited access parkway to improve safety, mobility and connectivity.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and its project team are refining plans for the 13-mile-long cross-country option, including the precise location for the proposed roadway.
KYTC and its partners are now collecting detailed environmental and geotechnical information from the cross-country corridor in eastern Magoffin County and Floyd County. Residents will likely see field survey, geotechnical and environmental staff in the area.
During this process, KYTC will identify any properties that might be affected by the preferred cross-country roadway project. Once those potential impacts are known, individual property owners will be notified. KYTC expects to have a public informational meeting for the Magoffin-Floyd segment in early 2023 to show the potential roadway location and specific impacts. Property owners will be contacted prior to that meeting.
As part of the National Historic Preservation Act, an individual may participate as a consulting party to help inform decisionmakers on historic resources in the area, and how those resources could be affected by the project. Those interested in participating in this process should click on segment below to apply on the KYTC website:
Per Title VI of the civil Right Act of 1964, the KYTC and FHWA are committed to ensuring nondiscrimination in their programs and activities. The KYTC and FHWA will not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. KYTC will also provide information to individuals who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP), if needed. KYTC’s Title VI Program Plan can be found on the Civil Rights Branch website. Members of the public may file a Title VI complaint with FHWA via FHWA.TitleVIcomplaints@dot.gov.
When decisions on the route and construction timetables have been finalized, that information will be shared with the public on this website, on the Mountain Parkway Expansion’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and through local media. The construction timeline for this segment depends on funding to be allocated by the Kentucky General Assembly.