New 65 miles per hour speed limit signs on a portion of KY 68/80 could be up as early as Tuesday. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says transportation workers are putting up new signs on a 59 mile section of the highway between Cadiz and Bowling Green. Hancock joined Governor Steve Beshear and other state and local officials to announce the change from 55 miles per hour to 65.
Hancock says the state decided to increase the speed limit because the area is a high traffic corridor, and the main connection between Interstate 65 and I-24.
“It became pretty obvious that since traffic is already moving in this corridor at over 60 miles an hour, that changing the speed limit to 65 miles an hour in those rural sections made sense," Hancock said.
Hancock says the speed limit will remain lower around towns and other congested areas. He expects the transportation cabinet will increase the speed limit on the remaining 68/80 roadway after new four-lane bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are complete.