The Texas Department of Transportation announced today that speed limits on 18 highways in Central Texas will go up from 70 to 75 mph early this year. 

The new speed limit will take effect in the following counties:

Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Limestone, and McClennan.  According to TxDot, crews have begun placing the new signs along portions of I-35 in Hill and Bosque counties, and  the remaining highways should have them in place by mid Spring.

You can expect to see increased speed limits on I-35, U.S. Hwy 190, U.S. Hwy 84, U.S. Hwy 281, State Hwy 195, State Hwy 36, State Hwy 22, State Hwy 144, State Hwy 174, State Hwy 7, State Hwy 14, State Hwy 31, State Hwy 8, State Hwy 164, and Farm to Market Road 2490.

TxDot cautions that motorists must continue to observe the 70-mile-per-hour limit until the new signs are posted.