Friday, September 26, 2014

Earlier Start to Mountain Parkway Expansion

The Mountain Parkway Expansion Project could get started sooner than expected and at a lower cost.

Yesterday, Governor Steve Beshear, along with other state leaders, gathered in Winchester to announce how they will save millions while widening 46 miles of road in eastern Kentucky.

Expanding the Mountain Parkway to Prestonsburg is estimated to cost more than $750 million. But according to Beshear, some key changes will lower the price tag.

Construction crews will do that by building straighter roads, avoiding costly excavating when possible and avoiding the relocation of nearby roads. 

"We are unveiling the first of a series of innovative, engineering improvements. They are changes that will reduce the cost of this project by at least $40 million," said Beshear.

"When we finish this, we will have a four lane artery that runs the entire length of Kentucky, all the way from Paducah to Pikeville. It is going to open up eastern Kentucky like you have never seen before," said Beshear.

Work will begin later this year near Salyersville.