Changes ahead for busy Sherman intersection

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

SHERMAN -- Many describe the intersection of Highway 56 and FM 1417 in Sherman as “confusing”, “congested”, and “in desperate need of correction”. But, a TXDOT project is about to change that.

The project at Highway 56 and FM 1417 will take some time to complete, but TXDOT officials say just watch out for the road signs, use extra caution, and stay safe.

"There have been a lot of accident in this area; I don't know if it's all due to the intersection, it's a very heavily traveled road,” says Harvest Time Assembly of God Pastor Irby McKnight.

Whether you believe this is a dangerous place to drive, there's a lot of confusion of which way to turn and which way to go, especially to newcomers in town.

That's why the Texas Department of Transportation will soon begin revising the area, adding four new ramps and building a new overpass structure on FM 1417.

On Highway 56, it will be vertically aligned to improve visibility, and signals will be installed at the newly constructed ramp intersections.

Pastor Irby McKnight will be glad to see changes come. Since he moved his church here along FM 1417 six years ago, he's seen his church - and the area around it - change and grow.

"We’ve had a lot of development here, and more to come, and I really am thankful to TXDOT for redoing the intersection."

Kevin Harris of TXDOT says safety is their number one concern.

"There are several phases to the project, traffic patterns are going to be changed, and motorists need to be aware of those patterns."

The work is supposed to start June 4th, and over the course of a year workers will have signs up, police on patrol, and warnings for you to watch out.

"This will be a lot clearer, more conventional, type intersection."

As for Pastor Irby, he knows this summer will be busy and congested with all the construction.

“But hopefully it'll be busy because they're coming here."

With all the severe weather lately, the rain may push back the completion of this road update project that many say is so badly needed.


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  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 1, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    Ness- the Home Depot area and FM 1417 are two different places in town-we're talking apples
  • by ness Location: loy lake and 75 on May 31, 2007 at 08:02 PM
    this not going to do anything but get worse all the building out there and trying to go to the home depo and other business there just not enough entrance room
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on May 31, 2007 at 03:21 PM
    It's gonna get fixed. So what? I'm just happy there's gonna be something done very soon. And I agree with Phil- stuff the politics. Just be happy it's gonna get done.
  • by Randy Location: Sherman on May 31, 2007 at 02:46 PM
    But, politics IS part of everyday life, except that some are too ignorant or naive to see it, cuz they're too busy watching soaps and Jerry Springer. You're all right, that is a terrible intersection, but it's the state not the city that's driving the bus here. It's the same with everything. Somebody gets something done, while someone else takes credit for it. THAT's politics my friends. I don't need cable news networks to figure that out, I don't even watch them. Too many people are lost in their own selfish little worlds to pay attention to what's going on around them and what's behind it.
  • by Phil Location: Sherman on May 31, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    I have the dubious honor of having used this terrible intersection for several years. I finally had to start driving around it through the country just to avoid it. This trouble spot has been a dangerous hazard for close to twenty years. Which politician should we blame for not taking care of this 10 or 15 years ago? You people in this county are watching way too much FOX,MSNBC,CNN,and all the talking heads from both parties that seem to own your minds. If you don't start using your own thought processes folks and stop listening to these knucklheads that about 1 percent of us vote for then I fear for the future of this country. C'mon people. Stop seeing politics in every aspect of your life. Its getting real annoying.
  • by Mushanka Location: Sherman on May 31, 2007 at 06:03 AM
    Who cares who get the credit? As long as this nightmare gets fixed, who really cares.
  • by Terry Location: Sherman on May 31, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    The comment that Norbert was uncalled for. Who cares who take the credit for this project. As long as the project get done correctly to make this inersection SAFE.
  • by Joshua Location: Sherman on May 31, 2007 at 04:33 AM
    Thank God. This is the scariest intersection in Sherman, hands down. And yes, Norbert give credit where credit is due, not the least of which belongs to Magers.
  • by Norbert Location: Sherman on May 30, 2007 at 05:41 PM
    Another TxDot (state) project that Bill Magers will take credit for, that has been in the works for more than two years. The credit for this one belongs to Larry Phillips. 'nuff said.
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