Officials: Mountain Parkway construction plan will cost less than original estimate



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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — State engineers have changed the design of several road widening projects in Magoffin County that Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says will save the state about $40 million.

The projects are part of a 10-year, $753 million project to widen a 46-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway in eastern Kentucky. Once completed, the project would ensure drivers have a 400-mile unbroken stretch of four-lane highway between Pikeville and Paducah.

Beshear said the design changes include changing the route of the road near Kernie while elevating the roadway in two places, one near the intersection of the parkway and Kentucky 30 and the other near the parkway intersections with the Wheelrim and Johnson Creek road overpasses.

State lawmakers approved a two-year, $4.1 billion road construction plan earlier this year that included $123 million to widen the parkway.

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