The phrase "put the pedal to the metal" comes to mind - but perhaps that's not what officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation had in mind when increased the speed limit on four Northland highways.  Within the next two weeks, sections of some highways will see speed limit increases from 55 to 60 mph.  The move is the result of traffic and engineering studies - which took crash rates and physical attributes of each roadway into account.

Here in St. Louis County, Highway 194 - from Highway 2 to Solway Road will see the speed limit increase.  Other highways that will see similar increases include Highway 200 in Aitkin County - from 169 to Highway 2, Highway 27 in Aitikin County - from 65 to Interstate 35, and Highway 123 in Pine County - from the south junction with 23 to the north junction of Highway 23.

The moves are anticipated to happen over the next two or three weeks.  MNDOT reminds drivers that the actual speed limits don't change until the signs have been switched out in the roadways.  In other words - you always need to abide by the posted limits.