Effort to boost speed limit in Kentucky advances

| 2/27/2007

The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would raise the speed limit on the state's rural interstates. Gov. Ernie Fletcher supports the plan.

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 four-lane parkways.

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.