The project's purpose is to address the poor geometry of the existing 5-legged intersection of KY 32 and KY 36, and to reconstruct the intersection and approaches as necessary to achieve adequate sight distance, safer and more efficient traffic flow, and better access for the school system and surrounding community.
The Transportation Cabinet has hired a consultant, Burgess & Niple, Inc., to join the Highway District 9 project team to help design the reconstruction. Since 2013, the project team has discussed preliminary conceptual designs in order to narrow alternatives down to those that are cost effective and adequately meet the purpose and need. As a result, two alternatives emerged to stand out as the most suitable - one that rerouted traffic at two new traditional intersections (Alternate 1), and one that proposed a single roundabout solution (Alternate 2). Both alternatives were presented to local officials and stakeholders in October 2013, then were presented to the public in March 2014.
The roundabout plan emerged as most cost efficient - $3 million for roundabout construction versus $4 million for two new intersections - and it was most effective at handling future traffic needs of the intersection, downtown Carlisle and the Nicholas County schools campus. In addition, the roundabout garnered the most public support.