SALYERSVILLE – A budget deficit uncovered in the state road fund lead new Governor Matt Bevin to make reductions in proposed spending this week.
In an order released Monday January 4, 2016, it was stated that the road fund was forecasting a deficit of a $112.5 million. In the order it was declared that $80 million would be stripped from road fund statutory expenses, however, nearly $29 million of the $30 million in road fund appropriations would be removed from highways.
Ryan Watts, with public affairs in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said he did not currently know specifically how the reduction in road funds would affect the Mountain Parkway project.
“At this point I believe the project will proceed as planned,” said Watts.
Watts noted that the budget is adjusted every year, but that this year was a little uncommon because road receipts had been down last year.
“What it doesn’t do; it doesn’t strip any personnel or essential services that transportation provides,” said Watts.
While the road budget gets reviewed, progress continued this week on the Mountain Parkway expansion with continued work on Gilford road and other sites in the Magoffin area.
A report was issued last week relating to the Mountain Parkway Project including construction and clearing activities continuing along a nearly 6-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway to the west of Salyersville.
According to the report, the speed limit in the area has been reduced to 45 mph and traffic on the parkway may be slowed or stopped periodically for the safety of workers and travelers.
Also significant construction and site work continues near Gifford Road, where the new interchange which will provide new access to and from the parkway is being built. The interchange will create access to a planned industrial park.
Blasting and earthwork continue near the interchange, and drivers should prepare for periodic traffic stoppages not lasting more than 20 minutes.
In late November both lanes of 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.
Crews recently demolished an existing bridge over the Middle Fork of the Licking River to make way for a new bridge to carry westbound lanes of the parkway. Work on the bridge sub-structure is expected to take place throughout the winter, and the deck of the bridge likely will be put in place this spring. After completion, the Mountain Parkway in this section will be expanded to provide four-lane access.
Work continues 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 two and a half miles of roadway.
Sewer and water line construction continues around the KY 7/Salyersville interchange, located immediately west of Salyersville’s Restaurant Row area.
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.
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