Some Nebraska state highways transitioning to higher speed limits Thursday

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A new law allowing higher speed limits on Nebraska state highways is set to take effect on some roadways Thursday.

The law signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts will raise the speed limit to 65 mph on four-lane highways, up from the current 60 mph. Other expressways and freeways are expected to see their limits increase to 70 mph, up from 65 mph. The change won't apply to Interstate 80.

The posted speed limits remain the legal driving speed at this time.

DOT officials say the Omaha area has over 50 signs that need to be updated to reflect new speed limits. Due to the volume, crews began switching signs out earlier this week. The new signs will remain covered until the 19th.

DOT officials say drivers must abide by whatever the posted speed limit is during this transition.