Speed limit to increase on some Western Kentucky roads

Speed limit going up for highways in Calloway, Graves, Marshall and McCracken counties
Published: May. 18, 2016 at 8:15 PM CDT
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KENTUCKY (KFVS) - If you drive through western Kentucky, you will soon notice a speed limit increase on two highways.

Today, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas gave the order to raise the speed limit from 55 to 65 mph on portions of U.S. 45 and U.S. 641 in Calloway, Graves, Marshall, and McCracken Counties.

Leaders in those counties asked the Cabinet to increase the speed limit to help traffic flow better through the region.

Engineers from the Transportation Cabinet analyzed speed studies and traffic data in the impacted sections of road and determined it was safe.

The speed limit will be raised on the following sections:

  • style="background: white;">U.S. 45 from KY 1241 at mile marker 21 in Graves County to the 32 mile marker on KY 1241 in McCracken County near Lone Oak
  • style="background: white;">U.S. 641 from KY 1824 in Calloway County to KY 58 near the Purchase Parkway in Marshall County

Representative Richard Heath of Mayfield said, “This speed limit increase will help our regional economic development from a multitude of angles. When this stretch comes up on GPS as a 65 mph zone, tourists, travelers, and businesses will be more inclined to travel the route.

“This increase will be another tool in our arsenal to bring industry and manufacturing to our area as it increases the on-time delivery of goods. It will also lure more students to Murray State as the region becomes more easily accessible,” said Representative Kenny Imes.

The speed limit increase is effective immediately. Crews from the Transportation Cabinet will be out this week replacing signs along the route.

It is important to note that the speed limit along some sections of the routes will be reduced to 55 mph because of signals at intersections.

If you drive these routes, you are asked to use caution and be aware of road crews and other drivers.

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