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Streets & Stormwater

The Nicholasville Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining city streets, stormwater systems and public property.


The city maintains all streets within Nicholasville except those managed by the state. Those streets include:

  • Main Street
  • U.S. 27
  • Richmond Ave
  • Maple Street
  • N. 3rd Street
  • W. Oak Street
  • Jessamine Station Rd
  • Catnip Hill Rd
  • U.S. 169

If you have an issue with any of the above streets/roads you can contact the State Highway Department at 859-885-4611.

City personnel inspect City streets each year and plan repair and resurfacing. Typically, blacktop lasts 15 - 20 years, depending on use, weather and other factors. Repaving is scheduled for the fall because of weather conditions. Residents can help pavement last by preventing chemicals (such as oil, gas and radiator fluids) from spilling or dripping onto streets and cleaning such areas promptly if a spill does occur.

Street SweeperPotholes (damaged pavement that is six or more inches deep and exposes gravel) and scaling (detached upper layer, usually only one-two inches deep) are troublesome to drivers and can be a safety hazard. For that reason, it is important to report damaged areas as soon as possible.

Street sweeping and leaf and snow removal also are performed by the Public Works Department. The city has an approved snow removal plan, which prioritizes streets according to their frequency of use as primary, secondary and tertiary roads.

For repair of state roads, call 859-885-4611. The state maintains US 27 (Main St. and the Bypass); and KY 169 (W. Third, W. Oak and Richmond Ave.), KY 39 (E. Maple) and KY 29 (W. Maple).

Citizens should contact Public Works to report city streets that need repair or sweeping by calling 859.885.1121 or by filling out a Street Department Work Order Form and emailing it to info@nicholasville.org

Public Property Maintenance

The city takes pride in the property it owns and seeks to keep it attractive and safe. This includes city rights of way and excess property that is purchased when a new street is put in. It does not include easements, which are the responsibility of property owners. If you know of city property that is in need of maintenance, please contact the Public Works department.

For information or assistance contact:
David Brown, Superintendent
Nicholasville Public Works
517 Main Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356
859.885.1121 ext. 269

Stormwater System


People don't often think about their community's stormwater system-the pipes and ditches that carry rain and other liquids away from homes and businesses. That is, until it doesn't work properly and water backs up on their streets and property.

Water that enters the stormwater drainage system is not treated like the sanitary sewer, which removes and treats the water that is generated in kitchens and bathrooms. Dirt and organic material (grass clippings and leaves, motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze and other poisons) enter the stormwater system every day and flow directly into lakes, streams and rivers.

View information about Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

stormwater runoff has become a significant cause (about 40 percent) of our nation's water pollution, so federal regulations now require cities to take steps to reduce the problem. Voluntary compliance is being sought because communities that fail to do so will have to implement ordinances that carry punishment, such as fines.

Following are 10 steps that can have an impact:

  • Don't dump anything down storm drains, particularly oils, poisons, soaps, etc.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
  • Put litter in its place (trash cans).
  • Pick up after your pet.
  • Sweep driveways (don't spray wash).
  • Collect yard waste and keep it out of storm drains.
  • Use a car wash (they recycle spray wash) or wash vehicles on grassy areas.
  • Recycle used motor oil.
  • Check your car for leaks (and fix them).
  • Have your septic tank inspected every 3 - 5 years.

The city requests that citizens compost or bag their fallen leaves and other yard waste rather than raking them into piles at the curb, since they are often swept into the stormwater system by rain and wind.

Please contact City Hall (859.885.1121) if you witness anyone dumping any materials other than water into a drainage structure and provide information about the incident, including the address. A courtesy letter will be sent to inform the offender of the harm such actions cause and requesting this not be done in the future. For more information about stormwater issues, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website at: www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater.

517 North Main Street · Nicholasville, KY 40356 · Phone: 859.885.1121 · Fax: 859.881.0750 · Email: info@nicholasville.org
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