The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would raise the
speed limit on the state's rural interstates. Gov. Ernie Fletcher supports the
The Senate voted 34-2 to forward the bill to the House. It
would increase the speed limit for all vehicles to 70 mph - up from the current
65 mph. Speed limits on the state's urban interstates would remain unchanged.
Sen. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, offered an amendment to
his bill to also allow travelers to drive 70 mph on rural stretches of
A similar effort offered during the 2006 session died in the
House after advancing from the Senate. Last year's version included a provision
to raise the speed limit on other four-lane roads from 55 mph to 65 mph.
In hopes of getting the bill through the Legislature this
year, Guthrie removed the provision for higher speeds on state highways.
If approved by lawmakers, the Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet would be required to review the parts of roadways where the maximum
speed limit could be increased.
The bill - SB83 - is in the House Transportation Committee.