Fall recap: Mountain Parkway Expansion project reaches major milestones

By Drew Roberts, Building Kentucky

Major progress has been made on a transformational project for eastern Kentucky’s Mountain Parkway. A dream to widen the Mountain Parkway from two to four lanes is becoming reality right before our eyes, making the region much more attractive to new businesses and industries.

Construction in Magoffin County West

Crews have been hard at work on the project and have hit some major milestones over the past few months. Major progress has been made in Magoffin County, where work began in 2019. Crews have continued to blast and fill the cross-country segment for the new alignment. The twin bridges over Johnson Creek and the double-barrel box culvert were also completed during the spring and the fall.

Wolfe County Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wolfe County has also been a site of major progress. Gov. Andy Beshear joined state and local officials to announce the official start of construction on the Wolfe County Segment of the Mountain Parkway. Construction is now underway, and crews are working in multiple areas around the county. This segment will add new bridges and culverts and will modernize multiple interchanges along the way.

Magoffin-Floyd Segment Announcement

Gov. Beshear and other officials also announced the preferred plan for the final segment of the project – the Magoffin-Floyd segment. The preferred plan will be a cross-country route that will minimize the impact to people’s land and property. 

Once the project is complete, the Mountain Parkway will be wider, safer, and will bring new economic development opportunities to eastern Kentucky. This means more jobs, more tourists and a safer route of passage that will connect eastern Kentucky to the rest of the Commonwealth.

To follow along on the project’s progress, visit www.mtnparkway.com.

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