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Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway

"Entering the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway" near Salyersville (January 3, 2003)
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The Mountain Parkway, known as the Eastern Kentucky Turnpike during planning, opened as a toll road in 1963 and was widely heralded as opening up eastern Kentucky to the rest of the state. In 1976, the road was renamed the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in honor of the former governor who is widely credited with getting the road built. Tolls were lifted west of Campton in 1985 and to the east the following year.

The Mountain Parkway was the first parkway to be constructed and the first parkway to have its tolls removed; however, it was the second toll road in state: it was proceeded in construction and lifting of tolls by the Kentucky Turnpike.

The road is four lanes west of Campton and two lanes to the east. The entire length of parkway is full-controlled access. The two lane portion is a super-two [Outside Link]. For added safety, the two lane portion has a rumble strip down the centerline of the highway. This serves to alert drivers who may be drifting into the oncoming lane. The two lane portion of the parkway is designated in route logs as the Mountain Parkway Extension.

In April of 1985, the road was designated was KY 114 in official route logs. In August of that year, it was redesignated KY 402. Finally, in February of 1990 the parkway was given its original route log designation: KY 9000 for the four lane portion and KY 9009 for the two lane portion. I do not know if the parkway was ever signed as KY 114 or KY 402. The parkway is currently only signed as the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway; however, some maps still show the parkway as KY 402. (The KY 402 route number is now used to designated an old section of KY 80 in western Kentucky.)

Present day KY 114 between Saylersville and Prestonsburg appears to be considered by some residents to be part of the Mountain Parkway extension; however, it is designated the Saylersville-Prestonsburg Road in official route logs.

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Mountain Parkway News Items

[Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway]
Month-long bridge repair project on Mountain Parkway begins Monday, Sept. 10
Posted: 5-Sep-2012 9:40AM CDT

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 (Sept. 5, 2012):

Month-long bridge repair project on Mountain Parkway begins Monday, Sept. 10
Traffic to be reduced to one lane and controlled by temporary signals at Morgan-Magoffin county line

JACKSON, KY – A bridge repair project scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 10 on the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County will result in one-lane traffic and delays for motorists using this main eastern Kentucky highway artery.

Temporary signals will control traffic at the Mountain Parkway’s span at the Morgan-Magoffin county line near mile marker 63. These temporary signals will be in place for approximately four weeks as work on a bridge deck overlay project proceeds.

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Public Meeting Held to Discuss Proposed Improvements to Mountain Parkway in Powell County
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 5:22PM CDT

From KYTC Department of Highways District 10 on Sept. 16, 2009:

Transportation Cabinet conducts public meeting on proposed improvements to Mountain Parkway Exit 18 in Clay City
JACKSON, KY – On Tuesday, Sept. 15, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public hearing on the proposed improvements to Exit 18 of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Powell County.

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Transportation Cabinet schedules Aug. 27 public hearing to discuss Mountain Parkway widening project
Posted: 18-Aug-2009 12:35AM CDT

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 on August 14, 2009:

Transportation Cabinet schedules Aug. 27 public hearing to discuss Mountain Parkway widening project
JACKSON, KY – Residents of Magoffin, Morgan and Wolfe counties are invited to attend a public hearing to discuss a project to widen the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway to four lanes between Exit 57 at Helechawa in Wolfe County and Exit 75 near Salyersville in Magoffin County.
The hearing will be held Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lakefront Church of God on KY 134 in Magoffin County. The site is accessible from the Mountain Parkway via its intersection with KY 134 between mile markers 67 and 68.

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[Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway]
Road and Ramp Closures Due to Mountain Parkway Widening Near Campton
Posted: 17-Aug-2009 10:25PM CDT

The Mountain Parkway is currently being widened between exits 43 and 46 near Campton. Several bridges and ramps will be replaced as part of this widening project.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
“Hoax” Claims Mountain Parkway Rest Area to be Closed
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

In late July, someone posted signs at the Slade rest area claiming that the Mountain Parkway’s only rest area would be closed. The signs suggested that motorists call Frankfort to stop the closing; however, the state has no plans to close the rest area. Though, the state is looking for someone else to take on the financial responsibility of running the facility: Lexington Herald-Leader: Mountain Parkway rest area to stay open (July 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Try this slogan: Don't mess with our rest area (July 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
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Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:

A few new images have been added to the KentuckyRoads.com - Miscellaneous Signs and KentuckyRoads.com - General Images galleries as well.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Recent Professional Services Procurement Bulletins
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:25AM CST

Recent Professional Services Procurement Bulletins [Outside Link] include a study on rebuilding the interchanges on I-65 [Outside Link] near the University of Louisville, a study on rebuilding KY 9 in urban Campbell County [Outside Link], and studies about constructing two new interchanges on the Mountain Parkway [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Parkways System and Cumberland Gap Tunnel Named Kentucky's Top Road Projects
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 3:59AM CST

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has named Kentucky's parkway system and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel as Kentucky's top road project. They also recognized Wendell Ford and Calvin Grayson as the state's top transportation officials.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KYTC Closes Some Rest Areas; Opens Others
Posted: 6-Sep-2002 10:15PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be closing several rest areas and opening a few new ones over the next few years. Two rest areas on I-64 in Shelby County, three rest areas on I-65 in Warren County and Hart County, and two rest areas on I-75 in Madison County will soon be or have already been closed; however, Kentucky is planning to build two new rest areas on I-65 in Hart County, and a one large rest area to serve both northbound and southbound traffic will be built on I-75 in Madison County. The new Madison County rest area will have parking for 400 cars, 100 trucks, and 13 oversized vehicles.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kentucky will spend millions to open new rest stops (Aug. 31, 2002) [Outside Link]

The article also briefly mentions the rest area on the Mountain Parkway and the service area on the Western Kentucky Parkway.

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