The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that
would allow the state to raise the speed limit on rural interstates and
Senators voted 35-2 to sign off on the House-approved
version of the bill that could 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 be unchanged.
The bill - SB83 - now heads to Gov. Ernie Fletcher's desk
where he previously expressed support for the idea.
Sponsored by Sen. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, the bill
would require the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to review the parts of
roadways where the maximum speed limit could be increased. The House added a
provision that would prohibit raising the speed limit inside metro Louisville
and near Cincinnati in Northern Kentucky, The
Associated Press reported.
Opponents say increasing vehicle speeds would make roadways more
dangerous and increase fuel consumption. Supporters point out that speeds only
would be adjusted along stretches that are identified as capable of handling
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.