- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky transportation officials say about one-fifth of the widening and improvements of the Mountain Parkway between Campton and Salyersville will be under construction this summer.

Officials say a third construction project starting soon just west of Salyersville will bring a total of six miles of the current Mountain Parkway to the construction phase.

The half-century-old parkway starts at Interstate 64 near Winchester and now ends at its intersection with U.S. 460 at Salyersville. The current parkway east of Campton is a winding, two-lane road. It is being improved and expanded to four lanes throughout.

The entire parkway expansion is expected to be completed in eight to 10 years.

The expansion is part of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative aimed at boosting eastern Kentucky’s economy.

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