SHERMAN, TX - Monday marks the official start date for the Loy Lake Bridge improvement project, after weather delayed the scheduled start last week.
One of the busiest intersections in Sherman is about to get even busier.
Monday marks the first day of construction on the Loy Lake Bridge improvement project to make it 6 lanes, including a turn lane in each direction.
"TxDot is contributing 4.6 million dollars to double the width of the bridge. Sherman Commercial is contributing some funds to help with that," said Sherman Director of Public Works and Engineering Clay Barnett.
Barnett says the City is partnering with the two agencies to improve the area south of the bridge as well -- making Sarah Swamy Drive a four-lane roadway, "And we're going to add a signal there at Sarah Swamy."
Employees at Petsmart told News 12 many of their customers come from Oklahoma, and they might see a dip in business if those traveling from the North cannot get across the bridge during the construction phase.
But the owner of Mooyah says he is optimistic the new bridge will bring new customers.
" I love this area I think there's been a lot of traffic through here and I really think, after that bridge is finished, It will really help minimize some of the traffic issues that we've had," said Philip Sipe, Owner of Mooyah.
The entire construction cost is estimated at 5.6 million dollars, and will also include aesthetic improvements such as colored concrete on the medians and bridge painting.
Construction is expected to take up to 12 months.