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News Release

 

Kentucky Department of Highways District 9

Contact: Allen Blair

606.845.2551 (office)

606.748.3716 (cell)

Allen.Blair@ky.gov​


Traffic Changing Today on US 68 Project in Nicholas County; New KY 36 Intersection to Open

Part of $16 million state highway rebuild


FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 9, 2020) – Contractors plan to open the new KY 36 intersection today on the US 68 reconstruction project in Nicholas County. Motorists using US 68 or KY 36 and KY 32 to and from Carlisle should prepare for traffic changes by 3 p.m. or shortly thereafter.

In late August, contractors closed the KY 36 "traffic islands" intersection and detoured all Carlisle traffic along newly-opened US 68 travel lanes and KY 32 (Old Paris Road) so that the new KY 36 (Concrete Road) intersection could be finished and connected to the new highway.

By this evening, Friday, Oct. 9, contractors expect the new intersection to be connected and fully open to traffic. Detours will cease, and traffic flow along new US 68 from KY 1455 (Lake Road) to Millersburg will be near its final configuration.

Motorists who use US 68 between Carlisle and Maysville or Paris and other destinations should note the following traffic patterns after today:

  • All traffic on US 68 will be using new travel lanes west of KY 1455 (Lake Road) and east of Millersburg.
  • Traffic to and from Carlisle will use the new KY 36 (Concrete Road) intersection at US 68. It will feature a new "exit" lane from eastbound US 68 (from Paris) to KY 36 toward Carlisle, and traffic on US 68 will move continuously through the intersection with no stops. Stop signs and new turning lanes on KY 36 coming from Carlisle will control traffic in that direction.
  • Motorists needing access to KY 32 (Headquarters Road) or KY 1244 (Barterville Road) should use old US 68 from the new KY 36 intersection or from the new KY 32 intersection. (An access road to old US 68 near Lake Road is pending, and should be complete within several weeks.)
  • Motorists using KY 32 (Old Paris Road) will continue to use the new intersection crossing the new US 68 travel lanes west of Lake Road. All KY 32 traffic will face a two-way stop, while US 68 traffic will be continuous.

The US 68 construction area will remain a work zone. Motorists should use caution, slow down, and heed all warning and traffic signs, and watch for occasional flagged traffic.

The US 68 reconstruction project, which began in March 2018, is the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's $15.7 million effort to build a new, wider roadway between Millersburg and KY 1455 in Nicholas County and enhance safety along the highway. The project ties in with previous reconstructions of US 68 between Millersburg and Paris.

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