Parts of U.S. 68/KY 80 to widen and increase speed limit

Crews will soon begin work on widening the stretch of Kentucky 68/80 between Canton and Cadiz to four lanes. You’ll also arrive to that area a little faster.

Sections between Aurora and Mayfield now have speed limits of 65 miles per hour. Every sign that needs to be changed should be switched by the end of Thursday, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd.

Gov. Steve Beshear, who made the announcement Monday at the Murray-Calloway Airport, says the speed limit change will be good for business because most companies rely on GPS technology to plan their trips. 

“Those systems favor routes with higher speed limits because folks want to get to where they are going in the shortest amount of time,"Beshear said.

Murray resident Dr. Dan Miller says people have been waiting a long time for this change.

“This is great for us to be able to get from Murray to Nashville so much easier,” Miller said.

Murray Mayor Jack Rose says the speed limit change will be beneficial for Murray State’s many commuters and  the growth of the city.

“It’ll be clear that this will enhance our potential to recruit new industries and help existing industries to expand,” Rose said.

Even though the speed limit change has been announced, by law you’ll have to drive the speed limit of whatever the sign says until it’s changed.

The state’s end goal is to have most of the stretch from Mayfield to Bowling Green at 65 miles per hour.

Beshear says the KYTC will take bids in November on three construction projects to widen U.S. 68/KY 80 from Cadiz to Lake Barkley to four lanes. KYTC estimates the cost will be about $70 million.

KYTC says it hopes to have the four lanes widened close to the end of 2017. That’s also when the Canton Bridge is expected to be finished. 

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