U.S. 75 stretch in Sherman only section in Texas not up to interstate standards

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Two of Sherman's most dangerous intersections are set for a revamp after the state said yes to moving forward with several projects aimed at making U.S. Highway 75 an interstate.

The first project will change one of Sherman's busiest intersections: U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 82.

"It's congested nine times out of 10," said driver Will Clayton. "It's one of the busiest intersections in Sherman."

Clayton said the light can often add five to 10 minutes to his normally easy drive in Sherman.

But Grayson County officials have been working to change that spot with the intent of eventually making U.S. Highway 75 an interstate.

"The difference between an interstate and a state highway is critical," said County Judge BIll Magers. "It opens funding from the federal government, and it also creates an economic development engine."

For that project, the county said they want to widen the frontage roads at the intersection to three lanes, add U-turns to the U.S. Highway 82 side, and move the ramps further back.

"It'll help our residents have better connectivity between 82 and 75," Magers said. "It's good for business as well."

Grayson County Engineer Clay Barnett said they'll also renovate the stretch of U.S. Highway 75 between FM 1417 and Texoma Parkway. It's the only section in Texas that doesn't meet interstate standards.

Barnett said it's originally designed to be driven at 45 MPH, but people fly through the stretch at 75 or 80 MPH.

He said they're still deciding who will be responsible for the local $13 million of the project. All together, the projects cost around $162 million. The State of Texas will pay half and grants from TXDOT will pay for the rest.

Construction will begin late in 2019.

"It will be a steady flow," Clayton said. "It will be a whole lot better, less headaches."



 
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