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35 MPH Speed Limit On County Roads Starts Dec. 1

The Harrodsburg Herald/Robert Moore
The speed limit on county maintained roads like Tewmey Lane will be 35 miles per hours starting Dec. 1, with speed limits on county roads in subdivisions being set at 25 MPH.

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

The Mercer County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to set a 35 mile per hour speed limit on all county roads—25 miles per hours on roads located within subdivisions. The speed limit goes into effect on Dec. 1.

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the magistrates unanimously approved the ordinance, which would impact approximately 204 miles of roads, mainly one lane roads. The county’s road department will have to install 336 signs and 336 posts at a cost of more than $19,000 before Dec. 1.

Several residents have complained about speeding on county roads and Sheriff Ernie Kelty has said the speed limits needs to be lowered on narrow roads without a center line. Currently, the speed limit on streets that are not designated highways, freeways or subdivision roads is 55 miles per hour unless posted otherwise.

While the sheriff has been in favor of lowering speed limits, he has also said stressed the difficulty of enforcing it.

“I still only have one deputy out there,” Kelty said at Tuesday’s meeting. “We’ll do everything we possibly can.”

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  1. Mark Darnall on October 13, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    What good will it do with no one to enforce it?

    • Matthew on October 24, 2023 at 7:19 pm

      Maybe the people need to be sworn in as deputies that could enforce the speed. For roughly $35 a sign and that much road I think the sings are cost effective and makes it know.

  2. Sam on November 20, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Well, that’s BULL……

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