Gov. Andy Beshear breaks ground on Mountain Parkway expansion

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Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 12:22 PM EDT
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CAMPTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear was in Wolfe County Wednesday to break ground on a section of Eastern Kentucky’s Mountain Parkway expansion.

The project will be widening 11 miles of the parkway in Wolfe County.

“The progress we’re making on the Mountain Parkway shows that we stand with Eastern Kentucky, and it is a significant bright spot in what has been a challenging summer for this region,” Gov. Beshear said. “The parkway is an important part of economic vitality for Appalachia. By widening the Mountain Parkway from two lanes to four, we’re delivering on a promise to improve safety, quality of life and connectivity in the region.”

The newest expansion is part of a 46-mile project from Campton to Prestonsburg.

“The Mountain Parkway has already been widened on either side of this construction project. Once complete, motorists will have 78 continuous miles of four-lane travel extending east from I-64 at Winchester to Salyersville,” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray said.

While Beshear was in Campton, he encouraged the people in Eastern Kentucky to stay hopeful.

“Here in Kentucky, we might get knocked down but we never get knocked out, and we get each other back up on our feet and then we move forward,” he said.

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The Governor also said he believes these news roads will provide opportunity and prosperity.

“For years it’s been clear that the people of this region need a wider, safer road from what’s here now. A better road that’ll give them easier access to jobs, schools, healthcare and other resources, and as you see if you just go north to I-64,” he said. “Having a four lane mountain parkway all the way is gonna bring in so much industry.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2027.