House panel approves 70 mph speeding limit change

A Senate-passed bill allowing motorists to drive faster on most stretches of interstates and parkways in Kentucky won approval from a House panel Tuesday.

The House Transportation Committee revised the bill to specifically list which stretches of interstates and parkways could have a 70 mph speed limit.

The version headed to the full House would specify all rural stretches of interstates as eligible for the higher speed limit. The exceptions would be portions of interstate highways in Jefferson County and northern Kentucky.

Also, rural sections of four-lane parkways could be in line for the 70 mph speed limit if the bill becomes law. Current speed limits would remain unchanged on the Hal Rogers Parkway and a portion of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway east of Campton.

Sen. Brett Guthrie, the billís sponsor, said he supported the changes by the House panel. If the bill passes the House, it would have to return to the Senate for another vote. Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, said he would urge senators to accept the changes.

Before taking effect, the higher speed limit would need approval from the state transportation secretary following an engineering study looking at safety factors.