Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Marks Completion of Mountain Parkway Interchange Project in Clark County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 03, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

$8.3 million project stimulates economic activity, improves mobility

WINCHESTER, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear joined local officials today to cut the ribbon on the completion of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway interchange project in Clark County.

The long-awaited, $8.3 million project connects the Mountain Parkway to KY 974 (Kiddville Road) in southeastern Clark County.

“A road isn’t just concrete or asphalt – it’s a connection to jobs, opportunities and investment, and nowhere is this more critical than in this region,” Gov. Beshear said. “I’m pleased to welcome this new addition to Kentucky.”

Crews began work on the diamond interchange in March 2013. The interchange includes four new ramps, a new 297-foot bridge and the reconstruction of KY 974 for nearly a mile.

Overall, the project improves access to eastern Clark County and accommodates projected traffic growth from a nearby industrial park and the J.K. Smith Power Station at Trapp. The new interchange also will alleviate the burden on some rural, two-lane roadways of heavy, load-bearing commercial vehicles.

In addition, the new interchange will enable quicker emergency response in the area. Previously, emergency service vehicles had to navigate several two-lane rural roadways, sometimes taking up to a half-hour, to render service in eastern Clark County.

“The Winchester interchange is a very important project for this area,” said Sen. R.J. Palmer, of Winchester. “These improvements will make travel easier, safer and more convenient for residents of Clark County. It will not only make entry to the Mountain Parkway from Winchester less complicated, but will also make accessibility to Winchester simpler for travelers. These improvements to our infrastructure will have a positive impact on our community for many years,”

“In order for our local economy to expand and bring more jobs to Winchester and Clark County, it is essential we provide the infrastructure needed, like highways, to help existing businesses grow and draw new companies to our community,” said Rep. Donna Mayfield, of Winchester.  “The Winchester interchange is a step in that direction, and I’m hopeful this new roadway will help us accomplish our economic goals.”

Before the interchange can open to traffic, contractors will have to install lighting along the on- and off-ramps. Officials expect the interchange to open to traffic by mid-September.

The project was awarded to the Allen Company Inc., of Lexington, in January 2013.