MAGOFFIN COUNTY – Winter storms brought work to a stop for a few days however construction and clearing activities are continuing along a nearly 6-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway to the west of Salyersville.
According to Parkway officials, work on the Mountain Parkway expansion recommenced Monday after severe winter storms forced a halt to work late last week
Excavation work is nearly complete near Gifford Road, where a new interchange is being built and the roadway is being widened to four lanes. 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.
Officials have noted that crews have finished pouring concrete for a barrier wall of the new Gifford Road overpass bridge that will carry traffic over the parkway. Crews planned last week to begin formation work for the footer of a culvert under the westbound lanes of the newly-constructed parkway, along with preparation to paint the bridge.
During the next three to four weeks, crews also are expected to begin work on the foundation for the piers of a bridge that will carry westbound traffic on the Mountain Parkway over the Middle Fork of the Licking River. Work on the bridge substructure is expected to continue 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.
According to officials, crews are also continuing significant clearing and site work around the current KY 30 interchange near Mile Point 72 of the parkway and starting construction in the area. The project includes modernizing and improving the KY 30 interchange as well as realigning and widening about 2½ miles of roadway.
Construction of an 840-foot culvert is expected to be finished this spring. Periodic blasting will continue, causing 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. Crews were expected to begin work pouring concrete for the footers of an overpass at the interchange last week before the winter weather set in.
Excavation work also continues to prepare for additional construction, with a total of about 5 million yards of dirt to be moved. Project leaders hope to complete utility and excavation work by spring.
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.
For more information on the Mountain Parkway Expansion, visit www.MtnParkway.com or follow the project on Twitter @MtnParkway or on Facebook www.facebook.com/mtnparkway.