JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - Monday marks 50 years since the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway opened to drivers.
Until its opening, traveling to Lexington from eastern Kentucky was no easy task.
It would take hours to travel the curvy back roads.
A four-lane road now connects Winchester to Campton, and a two-lane road connects Campton to Salyersville.
With the opening of the new road came easier access to eastern Kentucky.
"It brought in more business, it helped the economy and everything because we was open more to bigger access to it," said Linda Feltner of Hazard.
When the parkway first opened in 1963 it was a toll road until the mid-80s when the bonds were paid off.