Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin changing the 55 miles per hour signs to 65 along the US 60/Ford Expressway around Owensboro today (Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017) starting around 9 a.m.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 spokesman Keith Todd emphasized that motorists should continue to obey the 55 miles per hour speed limit until they see the new 65 miles per hour signs posted on each section. “As a reminder, our police agency partners will be enforcing the existing 55 mile per hour speed limit on a section by section basis until the new 65 mile per hour signs are officially posted for each section,” Todd said. “As with all highways, the speed limit that is posted will be enforced.”
The increase is based on a recent traffic study. With the recent rehabilitation of US 60/Wendell Ford Expressway (formerly the Owensboro bypass), the section met all requirements for the increased speed limit.
The request was approved earlier this month.
Todd says there are about 20 speed limit signs along this 13.26-mile section of US 60, which includes the new extension. The KYTC District 2 Sign Crew estimates they will be able to alter existing signs or put up new signs along US 60 around Owensboro in about one full working day.
Again, the new speed limit does not take effect until the old signs are replaced at each location.