The federal government has approved a $24 million grant that will speed up part of the project to widen and extend the Mountain Parkway.
The grant will allow work to begin two years ahead of the initial schedule on a project to ease congestion along a section of U.S. 460 and Ky. 114 in Salyersville, where there are dozens of businesses, according to a joint news release from Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers.
The state will put an additional $15 million toward the $39 million plan to widen the stretch of road and control access, according to the news release.
State lawmakers this year approved spending $132 million to begin a 10-year project to widen the parkway and extend it past Salyersville to U.S. 23 at Prestonsburg, creating a four-lane link from Central Kentucky to Pikeville. The entire project is estimated to cost $753 million.