Dozens of people attended a public meeting Tuesday, September 27th to learn more about construction that is starting soon on the Restaurant Row Segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion.
The Restaurant Row Segment stretches nearly 2½ miles through Salyersville. It starts at the end of the current Mountain Parkway – just east of the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75) – and runs to just east of the KY 114/US 460 junction.
Over the next three years, the main roadway will be widened to four lanes and converted to a partially controlled parkway that will improve the flow of traffic through Restaurant Row while ensuring access to businesses, residences, and other facilities. The project also includes improving and expanding a system of local access roads along what will become an extension of the Mountain Parkway.
During the meeting at Magoffin County High School, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet representatives and members of the construction team displayed detailed maps of the project corridor and talked with residents about the utility and construction work about to start on the three-year project.
“This is the first extension of the Mountain Parkway Expansion in more than 50 years, and this project will create a safer and more efficient system of roadways to serve the community and region,” said Marshall Carrier, a KYTC engineer who is project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “Restaurant Row is a heavily traveled stretch lined by businesses and other properties. We are working hard to let residents, businesses and travelers know about the construction activities in advance to minimize the impacts of the project on their daily lives.”
The Restaurant Row project will begin in the coming weeks with significant underground utility work along the length of the corridor. Utility work will continue through the rest of the year and continue in 2017. Road work also will begin soon on the west side of the project, where crews will replace a bridge over Burning Fork.
During construction, speed limits will be reduced in the area for the safety of construction workers and travelers. Signs will be posted to remind drivers.
Throughout the construction project, construction crews will maintain full access through Restaurant Row and to the businesses and properties along the corridor. The project team also will continue to communicate progress and more details about construction plans and schedules as the project advances.
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.
(story provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)