Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s 2016-2022 highway plan included widening Highway 641 south in Calloway County. It’s in two segments; the first is a mile-long stretch between the end of the current four lane and the Clarks River Bridge. The second is more than 6 miles and connects Calloway County, KY to Henry County, TN.
Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger says when he gets calls to 641 south he is prepared for the worst. He remembers three separate crashes and deaths all on the same day in the same location. He says people often speed to pass on the current two lane highway, resulting in head on collisions.
“Most of our wrecks on 641 are serious. You know, they're not your fender benders,” Steger said. He believes the governor’s plan would bring more commerce to the area, too. “”North end of town is growing like leaps and bounds and I think that a 4 lane coming in would also help us grow on the south end. I think it would bring some business down to the south end of our county,” he added.
The first section is already funded and in the 2016 budget. The second section is in the designing phase and won’t likely be complete until 2022-2023.