The new higher speed limit on most Illinois interstates takes effect on New Year’s Day… but you may want to wait to put the pedal to the metal.
The state Department of Transportation says it could take a couple of weeks to put up new signage with the higher 70-mile-an-hour limit. And the agency is advising drivers to abide by the posted speed limit… meaning that if the sign still says 65, you should drive 65.
The signs won’t be changing at all in the immediate Springfield area. IDOT says the section of interstate immediately adjacent to Springfield will not see an increase in the speed limit.