KY 36 Intersection Reconstruction in Carlisle



​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 ... Several design options have been discussed since the March 2014 public meeting, which included traffic flow changes at the KY 32-KY 36 intersection at Nicholas County Schools. The newest design, which resulted from additional traffic analysis, shifts the location of the roundabout westward:


Download a handout, with detailed map, presented at the Feb. 25, 2016 public meeting!

(Note: Large file size, 30 Mb, due to map detail. Expect lengthy download time.)

Please email Kentucky Department of Highways at to request a comment form!

Public meeting to showcase latest design for KY 36-32 intersection improvements at Carlisle
Open-house meeting Feb. 25, 5-7, at Nicholas County High School
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) – Transportation Cabinet engineers and consultants will meet with the public this month to present the latest roundabout design for the KY 36-KY 32 intersection improvement project in downtown Carlisle.
At the meeting, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Nicholas County High School cafeteria, attendees will see a newly-drafted plan to improve state-highway traffic flow that came in response to community input and further traffic analysis.
That plan still replaces the current congested five-way signalized intersection with a more efficient roundabout – but one in a different configuration at a new location – while eliminating relocations and reducing impacts to existing business entrances and to the Carlisle historic district.
Those attending the Feb. 25 open-house meeting may drop in at any time to view designs and maps, make comments and talk with representatives from the Transportation Cabinet’s engineering consultant – Burgess & Niple Inc. – as well as Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 engineers and project staff.
Oral and written statements concerning the project will be accepted during the meeting, and comments may be submitted in writing for a period of 15 days afterward to Kentucky Department of Highways District 9, P.O. Box 347, Flemingsburg, KY 41041. For more information, or to request assistance due to a disability, please call the district office at (800) 817-2551.
This meeting is one of several that have been held with the Nicholas County public, local community stakeholders and others over the last three years.
In 2014, two preliminary plans were presented – one that proposed a roundabout and another that proposed two new intersections to reroute and improve KY 32 and KY 36 traffic Carlisle. Since then, engineers have continued to analyze all options and public input to meet traffic and community needs, resulting in the new design being presented this month.
For questions about the project, please contact KYTC project team leader David Ritchie, P.E., at Department of Highways District 9 in Flemingsburg at (800) 817-2551 or by email at Dave.Ritchie@Ky.Gov.

Roundabout schematics that open in Google Earth, allowing viewers to "walk" along the new road configuration. (Informational only, not official plans.)

View documents on the intersection projects and roundabouts presented to the public in 2014:

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, and one that proposed a single roundabout solution. 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.

Since 2014, engineers have been fine-tuning the roundabout design in order to meet the needs of the community and the transportation project.


 What's Next?


Final design, then right of way acquisition and utility relocation will follow once all preliminary engineering work is complete.

Once design, right of way and utiltity 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