This periodic report includes information on work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.
Construction and clearing activities are progressing along a nearly six-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway to the west of Salyersville. The project, described as the Magoffin County West Segment, runs from just west of Mile Point 70 to just east of Mile Point 75 of the Mountain Parkway.
The speed limit in the area has been reduced to 45 mph. Traffic on the parkway may be slowed or stopped periodically for the safety of workers and travelers.
Gifford Road interchange
Significant construction and site work continues near Gifford Road, where a new interchange is being built. The interchange will provide new access to and from the Mountain Parkway and serve an industrial park being planned just to the north of the interchange.
Blasting continues near the interchange, and drivers should prepare for periodic traffic stoppages not lasting more than 20 minutes. Crews also are demolishing an existing bridge over the Middle Fork of the Licking River this week, but the work will have no impact on traffic.
Late last month, traffic shifted to what will become the eastbound lanes of the new Mountain Parkway roadway to allow crews to work on what will become the westbound lanes. After completion, the Mountain Parkway in this section will be expanded to provide four-lane access.
KY 30 interchange
Crews are continuing significant clearing and site work around the current KY 30 interchange near Mile Point 72 of the parkway to prepare for construction in the area. The project will include modernizing and improving the KY 30 interchange as well as realigning and widening about 2½ miles of the parkway.
During the next couple of weeks, crews will continue construction of a large culvert and excavation work before building up the base for this portion of the new Mountain Parkway roadway. Blasting will also continue, causing periodic traffic stoppages for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Sewer and water line construction continues around the KY 7/Salyersville interchange, located immediately west of Salyersville’s Restaurant Row area.
Engineers recently completed preliminary design work on an 11-mile section of the parkway in Wolfe County and have selected a preferred path for planned widening and improvements. The Wolfe County Segment runs from just east of Campton to the Lee City/West Liberty (KY 205) interchange.
A preliminary design calls for the parkway to be expanded primarily along the south side of the current roadway. Work to finalize the design plans is starting and expected to be completed next year. Property acquisition could begin as early as 2016, but specific schedules for property acquisition and construction depend on availability of funding from the Kentucky General Assembly.
KYTC representatives recently presented the latest details about two options for extending the parkway between Salyersville and Prestonsburg. The two options are:
• 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.
A public meeting was held Nov. 19 to gather feedback from community members. Project leaders will evaluate the feedback, along with results of additional studies, and make a selection by early 2016.
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.
The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes, and will extend the parkway another 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.