KY 36 Intersection Reconstruction in Carlisle
Click picture to download and view the full size PDF file of preliminary plans!

​As part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's 2012-2018 highway plan, engineers are redesigning the KY 36-KY 32 intersection in downtown Carlisle to improve safety and traffic flow.


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An option has been chosen! The preliminary preferred alternative for the new intersection is a roundabout ... which will be built to handle traffic from KY 36, KY 32 and the Nicholas County schools campus. The project includes changes to school traffic flow that will enhance the new intersection's operation. (See plan file above.)

Click Here to Download Roundabout Plans to open in Google Earth! (Requires Google Earth software. Informational only, subject to change.)

View documents on the intersection projects and roundabouts presented to the public last year:

Nicholas County Project Powerpoint PDF File (Click to download in new window, 4 Mb)

Modern Roundabouts 101 Handout (Click to download in new window, 3 Mb)




 Purpose & Need


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.


 Alternate 1

Conceptual Alternate 1: Reroute
roadways (KY 36, KY 32 and KY 13) so that all meet at more traditional intersections. (Click image to download map!)

 Alternate 2

Conceptual Alternate 2: Build a roundabout that reconfigures the intersection to allow for continuous traffic flow and turning movements.
(Click image to download map!)

 What's Next?


Final design, then right of way acquisition and utility relocation could start by late 2015, if possible.

Once those phases are complete, the construction phase would follow.

All plans viewable on this page are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change.
Contact Information Contact Info
Department of Highways District 9
P.O. Box 347
822 Elizaville Ave
Flemingsburg, KY 41041
Toll Free: (800) 817-2551
Phone: (606) 845-2551
Hours: 8am - 4:30pm EST, M-F
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Please contact District 9's Project Development office​, or visit the link above, for more information.

Darrin Eldridge, P.E., Branch Manager