- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - State officials have announced the beginning of a project to expand eastern Kentucky’s Mountain Parkway.

Gov. Steve Beshear spoke in Salyersville on Thursday about the project, which would widen about 30 miles of the parkway from two to four lanes, and extend it from Salyersville to Prestonsburg.

The half-century-old parkway starts at Interstate 64 near Winchester and ends at an intersection in Salyersville.

Beshear says construction will make it a better and safer parkway.

Initial construction will begin in a few weeks just west of Salyersville with the widening of nearly six miles of the existing parkway from two to four lanes, the addition of a new interchange and the modernization of two existing interchanges.

State officials say the project will promote investment, tourism and education opportunities.

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