SALYERSVILLE – The Mountain Parkway Expansion Progress Report has been released.
This periodic report, released earlier in the week. includes information on work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.
Magoffin County: Clearing and construction work is occurring in three areas just west of Salyersville – an area described as the Magoffin County Central Segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. The construction zone runs roughly six miles – 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 excavation and construction work continues near Gifford Road, where beams recently were placed for a new bridge that will carry eastbound lanes of the Mountain Parkway across the Middle Fork of the Licking River.
Contractors pouring concrete decking on the bridge this week. The 275-foot bridge is expected to be completed this fall.
KY 30 interchange: Crews recently began clearing 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.
Salyersville interchange: Utility companies working around the KY 7/Salyersville interchange – immediately west of Salyersville’s Restaurant Row area – are continuing to relocate communications and power lines ahead of construction work.
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.