Council approves school zone in front of Sherman High School

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -- School crossing signs line State Highway 56 leading up to Sherman High School.

Regardless, without a school zone, drivers can still travel 55 miles per hour right in front of the school.

"Fifty-five miles an hour is, that's quite high if you have students pulling out or staff pulling out," Superintendent Al Hambrick said.

Hambrick says a few months ago, a parent voiced concern about the lack of a school zone on State Highway 56.

"So we did look into it. We talked to staff members of TXDOT, we talked to staff members of the city of Sherman," Hambrick said.

"The school district came to us and requested that we request to TXDOT that we do a speed study," Sherman City Engineer Clay Barnett said.

TXDOT performed the study and came back with a recommendation to slash the speed limit by more than half, down to 25 miles per hour, on this stretch of 56.

The city of Sherman also recently installed more than 30 stop signs in the neighborhood that backs up to the high school to further improve safety in the area.

Hambrick says the signs have helped slow traffic, but it doesn't relieve the need for the school zone in front.

"We need to have cars with lower speeds so that they can stop if they need to," Hambrick said.

Sherman city council members approved the school zone at their meeting Monday night.

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