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GRAYSON COUNTY -- The pace is picking up along miles and miles of highways in north Texas.

Tuesday, TxDOT contractor, Massana Construction of Frisco, began switching out 70 mile-per-hour speed limit signs for signs showing the new speed limit: 75.

The state legislature approved the increase last year.

The increase impacts Grayson, Hunt, Delta, Rains, Fannin, Lamar, Franklin and Red River counties within the Paris District. 

Roads in Grayson County putting slower speeds in the rear view include Highways 75, 82 and 289.

The speed limit on Highway 121 in Fannin County is also being increased to 75.

Other highways that will see a speed increase include:

-Highways 19 and 24 in Lamar, Delta, Rains and Hunt Counties.
-Highway 37 south of Bogata in Red River and Franklin Counties.

Speed limits will remain the same in the construction zone of Highway 82 in Grayson and Fannin Counties. Once the new 4-lane divided highway is complete the signs will be changed. 

Work will be fast and new signs should be up within a couple of days, weather permitting, TxDOT said. 

Not everyone is happy about the chance to get from point "A" to "B" a little faster. "People are going to be flying," Sherman resident Candace Crawford said.

Crawford says she takes Highway 75 to Denison several times a week.

She says her concern isn't about the new 75 mile-per-hour speed limit, but rather the higher threshold drivers think they can go with getting pulled over.

"People already drive 75 anyway and if they change it to 75, they'll go 80 so it's just going to be too much. People are going to be driving too fast and not paying attention to what they're doing," Crawford said.

Carl Hudman, police chief in Howe located along Highway 75 says his officers recently stepped up their presence along Highway 75 to keep the amount of speeders under control.

"With higher speeds, we can anticipate more accidents and more severe accidents," Hudman said.

But TxDot says it conducted months of research to determine which highways are safe enough for faster speeds.

"They take into account the amount that's traveled on the highway, incidents that have happened, the amount of curves," Tray Turner with TxDOT said.

TxDOT reminds drivers the speed limit does not go into effect until the new signs are installed so do not increase speed if you do not see signs stating the new speed limit.

Observing speed limits means more than driving faster or slower than the posted speed, TxDOT said. "It means driving to conditions. When it's raining or foggy, when ice is on the road, when traffic is heavy or when road construction is ahead, adjust your speed accordingly."

The process of replacing the old signs should be complete by the end of the week.