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Public Forum Planned for Mountain Parkway Expansion in Wolfe County

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Citizens are invited to learn more about two alternatives for improving the Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County at a meeting next week.  Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its consultants will seek input on the alternatives to widen the parkway to four lanes and improve interchanges.  The event also will offer an overview of the 46-mile expansion project.

Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky Department of Highways and engineering consultants for the Mountain Parkway Expansion will show detailed maps of alignments being considered for a widening project in Wolfe County, and project leaders will be on hand to answer questions about the Mountain Parkway Expansion, a major transportation project that is underway to improve the connection between Eastern Kentucky and other parts of the Commonwealth.

The event will take place from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Campton Elementary School, 166 Highway 2491 in Campton (Kentucky).

The Mountain Parkway Expansion, proposed by Governor Beshear 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 will extend the parkway another 16 miles by widening KY 114 from outside 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.

For more information, visit the project website: http://www.MtnParkway.com

Story provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

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