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Speed limit raised on KY 80, U.S. 68/80 to widen

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that the speed limit on KY 80 west of Kentucky Lake will be raised and U.S. 68/KY 80 will be widened. (Source: Bill Allen/KFVS) Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that the speed limit on KY 80 west of Kentucky Lake will be raised and U.S. 68/KY 80 will be widened. (Source: Bill Allen/KFVS)
(Source: Bill Allen/KFVS) (Source: Bill Allen/KFVS)
(Source: Bill Allen/KFVS) (Source: Bill Allen/KFVS)
MURRAY, KY (KFVS) -

Drivers will be able to hit the accelerator a little harder on a highway in western Kentucky.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that the speed limit on KY 80 west of Kentucky Lake will be raised and U.S. 68/KY 80 will be widened.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will take bids in November on three construction projects to complete the widening of U.S. 68/KY 80 from Cadiz to Lake Barkley in Trigg County.

The speed limit will be raised on most of the stretch of KY 80 already four lanes wide from Mayfield to Aurora in Graves, Calloway and Marshall counties.

The 8-mile stretch of "68/80" from Lake Barkley to the western end of the Cadiz Bypass will be widened to four lanes.

Going west from Aurora, the highway splits into two routes: U.S. 68 runs northwesterly to Paducah, while KY 80 dips to the south. KY 80 is four lanes wide from Aurora to Mayfield.

Kentucky 80 will now have a 65 mph speed limit.

Beshear hopes the raised speed limit and extra lanes will attract more travelers to U.S. 68 and U.S. 80. as travelers visit the Land Between The Lakes.

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