Highway 75 and FM 1417 set to widen in Sherman by 2020

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- A major Texoma highway is set to expand under a $182 million transportation improvement program.

Traffic and packed lanes, something drivers said is pretty common when travelling into Sherman on Highway 75.

"I've been hit twice on that highway, just people moving over into a lane without signaling, so it's really crowded," Howe resident Carl Clay said.

"Definitely believe that especially Sherman and Denison need to do something with the highway, it's the worst highway I've ever ridden on," Jacob Brown said, who drives into Denison on Highway 75 for work.

The Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization said they recognize these concerns and are making changes.

On the MPO's list of projects for the next four years, the two largest are the expansion of FM 1417 to four lanes and Highway 75 to six lanes.

"In McKinney for example, it's now at six lanes and since then, traffic's been not as bad," Brown said.

The plan is to start widening FM 1417 next year from Highway 82 south to Highway 56, which'll cost nearly $27 million.

Highway 75 will be widened from FM 1417 north to State Highway 91 in Sherman. They plan to start that $127 million project in 2020.

Carl Clay has lived in the area for more than 30 years. He said as the population continues to grow, the widening is important, but there are also other issues that need to be addressed.

"A truck route around Sherman would be very beneficial to hook up 82 and 75, cause there's a lot of traffic on that road," Clay said.

In the plans for the next 25 years, MPO would like to widen 75 south to County Line Road in Van Alstyne and north to Loy Lake Road in Denison.

The MPO is asking for your input on the plans.

The first public meeting will be held Monday, June 19 at 8 a.m. in the Grayson County Commissioners Courtroom. The second public meeting will be held Thursday, June 22 at 5 p.m. in the Grayson County Courthouse Assembly Room.

The plans will be placed before the MPO Policy Board for approval at its meeting in July.