GRAYSON CO., TX - A task force wants to turn U.S. Highway 75/69 into an interstate. That group met Wednesday in Sherman with government officials from all over North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.
TEX-21 --- or Transportation Excellence for the 21st Century -- Says U.S. 75/69 handles more traffic than I-35. They want the highway named an interstate to help accommodate a growing economy.
"75 has the highest volume and will be getting more and more as the population continues to grow like crazy in Texas and southeast Oklahoma," said David Dean, President and CEO of Dean International, the consulting company which set up the TEX-21 Task Force.
Dean says as government officials in both Texas and Oklahoma join with legislators and congress, the task force can petition the Federal Highway Administration to recognize this 75/69 corridor as an interstate designation.
Sherman Mayor Carrie Wacker says the City has joined the task force, as improvements for highway safety are needed.
"And by getting an interstate designation and more funding, that also puts us more prominently on the map for companies businesses looking to relocate or locate along a major highway.," said Wacker.
A consultant also gave an update on the Panama Canal expansion, telling the group that as larger boats are able to carry more goods through in the future, some Texas seaports will have to expand--making 75 an even busier trade route.