Speed limits increasing on two west Kentucky highways

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas Wednesday issued orders to raise the speed limit from 55 to 65 miles per hour on parts of U.S. 45 and U.S. 641 in Calloway, Graves, Marshall and McCracken counties, the cabinet says. 

KYTC says the move comes after local officials and public stakeholders petitioned the cabinet to increase the speed limit for economic and mobility improvements. The speed limit was increased after KYTC engineers analyzed speed studies and traffic data for the sections.

The speed limit will be raised on U.S.45 from Kentucky 1241 at mile marker 21 in Graves County to the 32 mile marker on KY 1241 in McCracken County near Lone Oak. 

On U.S. 641, KYTC says the limit will be raised from Kentucky 1824 in Calloway County to Kentucky 58 near the Purchase Parkway in Marshall County. 

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says there will be points along the routes where the speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour because of signalized intersections.

 “After several years of work, I’m glad to see the speed limit on U.S. 45 and U.S. 641 raised from 55 to 65,” said Rep. Richard Heath, of Mayfield. “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," said Rep. Kenny Imes, of Murray.  "It will also lure more students to Murray State as the region becomes more easily accessible. I respect and appreciate governor Bevin fulfilling his commitment to this project.”

The orders are effective immediately. KYTC crews will be out in force this week to replace signs along the routes.  

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