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Public invited to review progress on Mountain Parkway expansion

Officials will provide updates on widening, improvement plans from Helechawa to Salyersville

SALYERSVILLLE, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Citizens are invited to learn more about progress being made to improve safety and mobility on the Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky. Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its consultants will offer reports on the sections of the project starting construction during the next two years.

image002Tonight from 5 to 7,officials will show detailed maps of plans to widen and improve the roadway and interchanges from Helechawa to just east of Salyersville’s Restaurant Row area. Project leaders will be on hand to answer questions about the improvements and the overall Mountain Parkway Expansion. The event will be conducted at Salyersville Grade School, 204 Hornet Drive, Salyersville, Ky.

The Mountain Parkway Expansion, proposed by Gov. SteveBeshear and funded by the Kentucky General Assembly, will close the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah.

The 46-mile project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes and extend the parkway from Salyersville to Prestonsburg.  The entire Mountain Parkway Expansion, which is expected to be completed in six to 10 years, has a preliminary price tag of $753 million.

To learn more, visit the project website.