Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway

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Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway marker

Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway
Route information
Length: 75.627 mi[1] (121.710 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-64.svg I-64 near Winchester
East end: US 460.svg US 460 near Salyersville
Location
Counties: Clark, Powell, Wolfe, Morgan, Magoffin
Highway system

The Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, commonly known as the Mountain Parkway, is a freeway in eastern Kentucky. The route runs from Interstate 64 just east of Winchester southeast for 75.627 miles (121.710 km) to a junction with U.S. Route 460 near Salyersville. The first 43 miles (69 km), beginning at the western terminus in Winchester is a four-lane limited access highway with only minor design standard differences from an Interstate Highway, while the remainder is a limited access Super two highway.

History[edit]

A large portion of the parkway is four lanes wide

The Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway was built in the early 1960s and opened in January 1963 as Kentucky's second toll road. The route was originally signed only as the 'Mountain Parkway'. In the late 1970s, the "Bert T. Combs" name was added to honor the governor from the mountains who spearheaded construction of the highway. Auxiliary plates were added above the circular Mountain Parkway signs to mark the designation.

As with all of Kentucky's toll roads, the tolls were removed as the construction bonds were paid off. Tolls were removed from the four-lane section in 1985, and the road became a freeway in 1986 when the remaining tolls were removed from the two-lane section.

The Mountain Parkway used a circular shield used until the 2000s.

The route was designated Kentucky Route 114 in April 1985. In August, the road was redesignated Kentucky Route 402. Later, in February 1990, the parkway was designated Kentucky Route 9000 from its western terminus to Kentucky Route 15 Spur near Campton and Kentucky Route 9009 from KY 15 Spur to the parkway's eastern terminus. Both designations are unsigned.[1][2]

On January 15, 2014, Kentucky governor Steve Beshear announced plans to extend the parkway to US 23 in Prestonsburg, which would include widening the highway to four lanes for its entire length. The project, which would cost more than $750 million and requires approval by the Kentucky General Assembly, would run through 2020, and is expected to lead to the reinstatement of tolls on the highway.[3]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Clark Winchester 0.000 0.000 I‑64 west – Lexington, Winchester Westbound only
  10 KY 974 – Mt. Sterling, Winchester Opened to traffic October 25, 2014
Powell Clay City 16.412 26.413 16 KY 15 south / KY 82 – Clay City, Irvine Northern terminus of KY 82
18.471 29.726 18 KY 1057 – Clay City Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
Stanton 22.307 35.900 22 KY 213 – Stanton, Irvine
Slade 32.802 52.790 33 KY 11 – Beattyville, Slade To Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Wolfe Pine Ridge 40.468 65.127 40 KY 15 / KY 715 – Beattyville, Pine Ridge, Rogers
Campton 42.105 67.761 42 KY 1653 (Quillins Chapel Road) Westbound exit and entrance, eastbound entrance
42.759 68.814 43
KY 15 Spur to KY 15 – Campton, Jackson, Hazard, Whitesburg
Eastbound exit, eastbound and westbound entrance; to Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park and Hal Rogers Parkway
43.104 69.369 Eastern terminus of Mountain Parkway (KY 9000); western terminus of Mountain Parkway Extension (KY 9009)
  46.223 74.389 46 KY 191 – Campton Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
  53.284 85.752 53 KY 1010 – Hazel Green
  57.188 92.035 57 KY 191 / KY 205 – Lee City, West Liberty
Morgan   60 KY 134 Westbound exit only
Magoffin   71.740 115.454 72 KY 30
Salyersville 74.772 120.334 75 KY 7 to US 460 west – Salyersville
75.627 121.710 US 460 At-grade intersection
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing