TXDOT to close Loy Lake Bridge in Sherman June 16th

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SHERMAN,TX -- Construction on the Loy Lake Bridge will cause detours for drivers as TXDOT plans to shut it down June 16th.

"The ultimate goal is to widen the road from 2 lanes to 4 lanes," said TXDOT spokesperson Tim McAlavy.

Thousands of vehicles cross the Loy Lake Bridge, over highway 75, every day.

If you've been one of those drivers you know; it can be slow going.

So TXDOT is widening the bridge.

"Loy Lake Bridge has met capacity in traffic stalls going across the bridge onto Loy Lake Road," said McAlavy.

The 5.6 million dollar project to widen the bridge began a month ago.

On June 16, TXDOT officials say it will be shut down for 8 to 10 weeks as construction crews reconstruct parts of the bridge and rebuild the inside lane on northbound Highway 75.

TXDOT spokesman, Tim McAlavy, says during the closure, drivers need to be cautious.

"While the closure is in place, keep in mind there's going to be some detours through the construction zones," said McAlavy.

Dustin Castillo is a machine operator who has been working on the bridge since the project got rolling.

"The last time I checked we were 190 hours ahead of schedule; so we're going pretty good," said McAlavy.

Castillo says that the crew of 7 guys are working to get the bridge done and says at the pace they're working, he thinks the bridge could be done in less time than the 8 to10 weeks TXDOT suggests.

"I don't see it being nowhere near that," said Castillo.

The project was funded through a private public partnership between Sherman, TXDOT and United Commercial Realty.

During the closure traffic will be diverted onto the Highway 75 frontage road.

Drivers can use the Fallon Drive bridge to the north and Highway 82 exit to the south to cross 75.

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