This report includes information on work underway on the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could affect planned activities.
Despite the snowfall in Eastern Kentucky, work on the Mountain Parkway Expansion continues this week after only a temporary halt.
Construction and clearing activities are continuing along a nearly 6-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway to the west of Salyersville.
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.
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
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 planned just to the north of the interchange.
Workers poured concrete last month for a barrier wall of the new Gifford Road overpass bridge that will carry traffic over the parkway. Crews are now applying masonry coating and paint to the barrier wall.
During the next week, crews expect to begin drilling and pouring concrete to form 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.
KY 30 interchange
Crews are 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.
Crews recently finished pouring concrete for an 840-foot culvert, and they have begun backfilling the culvert. Excavation will continue before building the base for this portion of the new Mountain Parkway roadway between Exits 72 and 75 of the parkway. Sewer and water lines are also being installed.
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. In addition, crews just finished pouring concrete to form the columns of an overpass at the interchange.
Excavation work also continues to prepare for additional construction, with a total of about 5 million yards of dirt to be moved. Utility and excavation work is scheduled to be completed by spring.
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. 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.
(story provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)