Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 11, 2007

New speed limit signs erected


The speed limit on rural sections of Interstate 64, including from Bath to Boyd counties, is 70 mph now that Kentucky Transportation Cabinet traffic and maintenance crews have changed signs along the four-lane highway.

In March, Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed Senate Bill 83 which allowed for a speed limit increase on rural interstates and parkways throughout the commonwealth.

The legislation, which required that an engineering safety study be first completed, provided the Transportation secretary with the authority to increase speed limits on select sections of interstates and parkways that were deemed warranted and safe.

“After thoroughly reviewing the engineering safety studies, we have made the decision to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on these specified rural interstates and parkways,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert.

“We believe this bill will facilitate the mobility of people and products, which is another plus for Kentucky’s economy.”