Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mountain Parkway team refines corridor for cross-country option

The Mountain Parkway Expansion team has refined plans for a cross-country alternative to extend the parkway between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

No decision has been made on whether to widen the parkway along the existing corridor (KY 114) or build a new road along a cross-country corridor to the north of KY 114. However, further study over the last few months has allowed the project team to provide more details about the potential benefits and costs of a cross-country route.

The public is invited to learn updated details on both options at a meeting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 19, at Prestonsburg Elementary School, 140 South Clark Road. Comment forms will be available for residents to provide feedback to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the project team.

Project team members will display detailed maps and set up computer workstations to show residents how properties might be affected by the two alternatives. A short video with animated renderings will give the public an idea of what each option might look like.

Hundreds of residents attended a meeting in Prestonsburg in April to learn preliminary details about the two options and provide feedback.


“We reviewed the feedback we received at April’s meeting, and that feedback was one of several factors weighed during months of follow-up study,” said Marshall Carrier, a KYTC engineer who is project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “We have a lot of variables to consider. The Mountain Parkway is going to be around for a long time, so we want to be sure we make a thoughtful choice about how to expand it.”