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.
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 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 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 Restaurant Row, Magoffin County Central and Morgan County segments, construction work is underway. As of summer 2018, about one-third of the project is under construction or complete.
Shovel-ready for construction
In the Magoffin County West segment, property and right-of-way acquisition continues. No timetable for construction has been set.
In the Wolfe County and KY 114 segments, 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.