Mountain Parkway Project Moving Into Wolfe County Section
Preparations are being made for construction of another section of the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project.
Project Manager Marshall Carrier says a $55 million dollar federal grant is a key part of the funding formula for this 11 mile stretch of highway. “In times like this where there’s funding shortfalls and you have COVID 19 issues and reduction in gas taxes across the state of Kentucky, we’re always trying to be innovative in project delivery and project funding approaches as best we can. This is just another example of being a successful partnership with U.S. DOT,” said Carrier.
Carrier said by the fall about 26 miles of the entire 46 mile Mountain Parkway expansion will have four lanes. A major focus now will be contacting Wolfe County property owners who live along the next section of the project. Carrier noted the final segment, still years down the road, from Salyersville to Prestonsburg carries a hefty price tag. “Somewhere in the ballpark of $260 million just for that section alone. With all the needs across the state of Kentucky now and in the future, it’s hard to get a good grasp on what the future holds for that particular section of the mountain parkway,” explained Carrier.
Carrier added, by and large, most property owners have been receptive to the project. He says efforts have been made to meet with owners early on in the process. Carrier said once completed the entire 46 mile expansion project will increase educational, health care, and employment benefits.?
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