SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2016) – Last year marked the start of a transformational transportation project for residents and businesses in Eastern Kentucky, with implications for the entire state and beyond.
In 2015, construction began on the Mountain Parkway Expansion, a project that aims to widen the 30-mile stretch of the parkway from Campton to Salyersville and extend the roadway by another 16 miles, to Prestonsburg. The road is expected to improve safety, ease travel and open Kentucky’s Appalachian region to new economic development opportunities.
In just a year, the landscape has been altered considerably, with the project’s impact already being felt. (A slideshow highlighting last year’s achievements can be viewed at this link.)
“More than one-third of the Mountain Parkway Expansion is either under construction or approaching construction,” said Marshall Carrier, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineer who is the project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “We moved quickly to start work in the first construction segments and made important progress in areas where we still are in the planning phase. The past year reinforced our confidence that we can make even greater progress in 2016 to advance this important project.”
2015 Mountain Parkway Expansion Highlights
Construction is taking place on three major segments of the expansion, and, in November, motorists were already able to drive on one area of the new roadway. Meanwhile, workers are gearing up for a busy 2016, with work along Salyersville’s Restaurant Row to begin and planning for other sections of the expansion taking place.
Here are just a few project highlights from the past year: