The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) was recently awarded $55,150,000 from the US Department of Transportation to fund the Mountain Parkway Expansion through Wolfe County — a huge win for Kentucky.
The federal grant, funded through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program, will help KYTC widen 11 miles of Mountain Parkway to create a safer and more modern four-lane corridor. The expansion will increase capacity for freight and goods, reduce travel times and better connect eastern Kentucky with the rest of the commonwealth.
“Moving forward with construction on the Wolfe County segment will bring the Mountain Parkway Expansion one step closer to closing the only gap in a 400-mile, four-lane, high-speed corridor for commerce and mobility across Kentucky,” said Jim Gray, Secretary of Transportation. “Closing this gap is an investment in safety, in future economic development and most of all, in Kentuckians.”
Gov. Andy Beshear posted a video sharing the good news calling it a “great step forward for the people of eastern Kentucky.”
The Wolfe Co. segment upgrades between I-64 and Salyersville will also include reconstruction of existing interchanges in Campton and Hazel Green for an increase in safety and mobility.
The INFRA grant program has provided more than $900 million in American infrastructure investments intended to improve transportation, economic productivity and quality of life.
Visit the Mountain Parkway Expansion website for project updates at mtnparkway.com.