Eastbound lanes running throughout the project will be closed for paving; traffic flow will shift over to new westbound lanes through summer months
SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (April 16, 2019) – Paving operations have begun for the future westbound lanes running throughout the length of the Restaurant Row project in Salyersville. Within the next few weeks, once westbound paving is complete, the existing traffic flow will be shifted over onto the new westbound lanes, so construction can begin on the eastbound lanes. One lane of traffic travelling in each direction will remain open during this traffic change. The future eastbound lanes will undergo construction during the summer months.
“The significant work that’s been done to build out the westbound lanes over the past year marks the notable progress our team has made toward that primary goal of widening and expanding the Parkway,” says Marshall Carrier, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “We’re looking to mirror that work as we shift our focus now to the eastbound lanes, so we can lay the pavement, get all four lanes to their final status, and be able to hand this completed project back to the people of Salyersville late this fall.”
Mountain Parkway crews have been working toward their goal of widening the Parkway on the north side of the Restaurant Row project by building out the westbound lanes. The traffic change coming within the next few weeks will allow crews to shift the current traffic flow over entirely onto the newly-constructed westbound lanes, enabling them to then close the eastbound lanes and begin the next phase of construction.
Closing the eastbound lanes for paving work will begin the final substantial construction phase of the Restaurant Row project. Throughout the summer months, crews will begin by putting down layers of crushed stone pavement, and will continue with multiple layers of blacktop until the eastbound lanes are ready for final painting in the fall.
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.