Motorists traveling the Mountain Parkway west of Salyersville will follow a new traffic pattern starting this week as crews prepare for additional road construction. Two new ramps on the parkway also are scheduled to open.
Travelers should be cautious and prepare for several lane switches this week near the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75) of the Mountain Parkway. Speed limits have been reduced in the area, and signs will be posted to alert travelers of the changes.
Both lanes of traffic will be moved from the existing parkway to two new lanes to the south of the existing parkway. These lanes eventually will serve eastbound traffic when the project is completed.
Diverted traffic will travel across a new bridge over KY 7 as well as a new bridge that spans the Licking River.
The traffic switch will allow workers to construct the future westbound lanes of the parkway and remove and replace an old bridge that crosses KY 7.
Eastbound ramps to reopen
As a result of the traffic switch, eastbound travelers on the parkway will have renewed access to the KY 7 interchange. Eastbound ramps at the interchange closed earlier this month.
Newly constructed ramps will open this week, allowing vehicles traveling eastbound on the parkway to exit at the KY 7 interchange. Vehicles on KY 7 will be able to access the parkway to travel east.