Public Works


Street Department

Bardstown Public Works maintains a street crew responsible for keeping the 80 miles of City streets and sidewalks clean and free of snow and ice. Public Works is also responsible for repairing pot holes, making street repairs, curb and gutter repair, culvert replacement, and painting of curbs.   This group also installs and maintains street signs.


Barton Road Repairs by Bardstown Public Work (2017) 

Street Entrances aND ENCROACHMENTS

For any resident or commercial property owner wishing to install a new entrance or make changes to their existing entrance a Land Disturbance permit is needed.

Design standards for new streets

Bardstown follows the General Provisions for the Design & Construction of Public Roadways for Nelson County.    The purpose of these general provisions is to establish a minimum standard.  The Kentucky Standard Specifications for Roads and Bridge Construction (KYSS) shall be utilitizied as a minimum for construction and inspection of City Streets.  The minimum standards are intended for local streets with residential traffic and good soil conditions.  Streets with high traffic counts, tractor trailor traffic, and poor soil conditions will require a heavier pavement section. 

Refer to the Subdivision Regulations for Bardstown and Nelson County for other requirements.


Before the City will release performance bonds for street construction or take over maintenance of new certain guidelines must be met.  Click here for more information.  If repairs to the street are needed, the repair must be done in accordance with the Road Failure Repair Detail.

Street Signs

The City Public Works Department maintains City street signage.  Only signs that meet the guidelines of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTC) are installed.  This includes street name signs, stop signs, no parking, etc.  The City doesn't not maintain signage on State or Federal Roads.

In an effort to aid emergency service responders by being compliant with the Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Service Board (CMRS), the City of Bardstown will provide and install street signage for named private streets within our corporate limits. The sign shall meet standards within the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices latest revision and meet minimum Retroreflectivity requirements. The sign will match color, size, and style of existing public street signs with a BLUE background and WHITE lettering. The initials PVT will appear in the right corner of the sign on private streets to indicate the street is private.

Private Sign Example 

Private streets, alleys, or ways are to be maintained by private property owners. These streets are not public and therefore not on the City’s Public Street Maintenance list. This means private streets are not plowed for snow, resurfaced, edges mowed, or potholes repaired by the City of Bardstown.

Naming of private streets shall be in accordance with the “General Provisions for Design & Construction of Public Roadways,” latest revision.