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State officials lower speed on section of US 231

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BEAVER DAM, KY (WFIE) -

Kenny Edge has owned Lil Stevie's Pizza along US 231 for eight years. Edge says he knew Paula Burton who was killed in a car accident two months ago on US 231 near his business.

"She was a real nice lady. Her family comes in here to eat. She was here the day before she passed away," said Kenny Edge, owner of Lil Stevie's Pizza.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to reduce the speed limit from 55 miles per hour to 45 mph and add signs warning of a congested area on a 0.4 mile section of US 231 between Hartford and Beaver Dam.

Earlier this year Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson and Judge Executive David Johnston asked the state to reduce the speed limit on US 231 between Hartford and Beaver Dam to 35 mph.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet conducted a number of speed studies and decided to drop the speed limit not as low as local officials had hoped.

Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson says he appreciates the study, but says the state's changes won't make the road any safer.

"You're going to put signs out there to tell people that's the speed they should really be going and advising them to go, but you're not going to change the speed limit to 35 mph," said Sheriff David Thompson.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says they will go back and look at the section of US 231 in a few months to check up on the changes they made.

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