A study of socioeconomic variables in a nine-county region in Eastern Kentucky was undertaken to determine whether significant growth had occurred since the opening of the Mountain Parkway and reconstruction of KY 15. It was hypothesized that these roads have acted as catalysts with available resources to promote a better quality of life.
Study revealed that, while income levels and business sales have enjoyed substantial increases, overall quality of life is still poor. Educational facilities are inadequate; economic diversification in business types is limited; coal is still the main stimulant for income and employment. However, outmigration of persons from the area has been reversed simply because economic conditions are better due to the reemergence of coal.
Since the return of coal as a more important energy resource for the nation has only occurred recently, the full impact of the energy crisis and better highways has yet to be seen in regard to socio-economic stimulation of this traditionally depressed region.
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Farmer, Joseph T., "The Socioeconomic Impact of the Mountain Parkway and KY 15" (1976). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 879.