KY 32 Redesign in Rowan & Elliott Counties
​After more than eight years of study and public involvement, engineers are now designing the first phase of KY 32 reconstruction to improve the highway's safety and efficiency ... Click the map below to take a tour of the nearly-complete design for about 6.2 miles of new highway in Elliott County between KY 7 at Newfoundland and the Rowan County line. Or, keep scrolling to take a simulated drive along what the new highway could look like, see a timeline of events, or read news and documents that have led the Transportation Cabinet team to this point in the project.
Click map to view large-format file in PDF format. (Drawings for information only, and should not be considered design files.) 

What's the latest project news?

Work has entered the final design phase​; right of way and utility relocations coming soon

Over the last two years, Highway District 9 and its consultant AECOM engineers have been using geotechnical data, surveys and other information to develop new roadway plans. Current highlights as of November 2016:

  • Project survey is complete, pavement design approved, and geotechnical work near completion
  • First half of project proceeding with final design, with typical highway and sideroad approaches being designed
  • Areas outside of rock cuts will get "turf mats" and other treatments to promote vegetative growth as part of the project's commitment to "green infrastructure"
  • Permanent erosion and sediment control measures are being enacted to ensure high water quality during and after construction to protect nearby pristine streams, which include silt traps, permanent sediment ponds with specialized drainage systems to clean runoff, and diversion ditches to minimize water flow over rock cuts
  • Design of a scenic vista near Stringtown Road has been finalized, with more areas under consideration for second phase
  • The Transportation Cabinet has started the advanced acqusition process for right of way


Engineers used 3D software to simulate how the new road will look, above, and how the scenic vista will appear, below.
Note: Drive direction is east from Rowan County toward Elliott County. Driveways and other entrances, lane markings, etc., have been removed for clarity. Green space is a close approximation of what should happen after construction.


 KY 32 Redesign Project Timeline


Click the timeline to see major milestones for the KY 32 project since its inception...


 The Story So Far ...


​A planning study in 2008 and 2009 determined a mile-wide corridor within which roadway improvements could be developed. Since then, engineers have developed and analyzed six specific highway alignments within that corridor. (Click the timeline above to see specific milestones.) A wide range of alternatives, including new roadways to the north or south, have been considered and engineers have met frequently with the public to gather more information.

The result? A preliminary preferred alternative - Alternative 3 - has received location approval by the Federal Highway Administration and is now in the final design phase.



Preliminary Preferred Alternative (No. 3) as proposed in January 2013

Matrix listing information about alternatives considered

Download the handout from the October 2011 public meeting in Sandy Hook

View an interactive map of preliminary alternatives presented at the 2011 public meetings. (Large file!)

Fact sheet listing details of all past project alternatives


 Preliminary Preferred Alternative


Maps of Alternative 3, a new KY 32 to be built near the existing roadway, which is under consideration. Please note: These maps are for informational purposes only and do not represent official or final highway designs.

Maps are best viewed with most recent versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader. (Right click, save as, then open file and place cursor near bottom of map to see zoom controls.)

From Elliottville to mile marker 21 in Rowan County.

From mile marker 21 in Rowan County to mile marker 4 in Elliott County.

From mile marker 4 in Elliott County to Newfoundland.


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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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Media Contact: Allen Blair
(606) 748-3716

 Project Team


Darrin Eldridge, P.E.,
Project Development
Branch Manager
(606) 845-2551

Rachel Catchings, P.E.,
Design Office Supervisor

Karen Mynhier,
Environmental Coordinator

AECOM, Louisville, Ky. (formerly URS)
(502) 569-2301
Greg Groves, Project Manager

QK4, Louisville, Ky.
(502) 585-2222