Traffic study for FM 691 & US 75 intersection

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex.-- The FM 691 and US 75 intersection is the border between Sherman and Denison and the next spot for big development. Denison officials are working to make sure the traffic flow remains smooth with all the growth.

There are plans for a new hospital, hotel, and restaurants at the intersection. With thousands of people expected to drive to these destinations, city officials want to find the safest way for cars to reach these places.

The cars exiting US 75 wait at a stop sign, dodging the cross traffic at FM 691 whizzing by.

"Sometimes it takes quite a while the traffic there doesn't stop and very rarely does it slow down," says Jo Gray, owner of Loose Wheels, a bar located off Pool Rd. near the intersection.

Denison city leaders have big plans for the spot. Texoma Medical Center intends to build a new hospital there. Cigna is already open. A new hotel and convention center is on the books, plus plans for much more.

"There are going to be a lot of proposed development there. We need to know the best way to handle all that traffic off 75 and off 691," says Tom Speakman, director of community development for the city of Denison.

On Monday the city council plans to hire a consultant to determine the best way for cars to navigate through the developed areas. The Sherman Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting a study for the entire 691 corridor: from Texoma Parkway to the airport and the new Highway 289. That study would not address areas north and south of 691. That's where the city study comes in.

"If we start the planning process now we'll be able to alleviate a lot of congestion and along that if we have a system in how to move traffic in and out of the area safely and effectively I think that will enhance the traveling public," Speakman says.

The plans could mean turning some private streets into public thoroughfares, and a drastically different look for the area in just a few years.

The 691 corridor study would determine if the intersection needs more traffic lights and wider lanes, conducted by the Sherman Denison MPO. The Denison study would address the areas where the development is supposed to go.

The same consultant is set to conduct both studies to provide results for the area as one cohesive unit.


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  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2008 at 05:17 PM
    At least there is a study being done. I avoid the 75 & 82 intersection if at all possible. It is a nightmare. Sounds like Denison has their act together. Hopefully 691 & 75 won't be another nightmare.
  • by Erick Gent Location: Denison on Apr 7, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    Please tell me what JC Penneys, Red Lobster, Old Navy, Chic-fil-a, Lane Bryant, Hobby Lobby, etc all have in common? They all abandoned other SHERMAN locations to be (rebuild) in the town center. Your mall is practically on its last legs...is Sherman going to let it turn into another attraction grabber like the Sheriden Mall (NOT)? At least the fine folks at TMC plan to utilize the old TMC facility. Every negative point you make about Denison is also happening in Sherman. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Apr 4, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    Midniteryder you forget that the town center was once just pasture land not to long ago. Just like the town center, Denison will get their developments too. I wouldn't knock the new hotel. An upscale hotel and convention center has been needed in this area for years. Out of all the newer hotels built in Sherman, they were never able to land one. While Sherman was taking a poll about a conference center on their website, Denison was signing a contract with one. They must be doing something right. Watch for the rest of the announcements to come.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    Erick- help me out here.......how is Sherman Town center a nightmare? Is it the access road going one way south along the east side, the Loy Lake Road intersection, the back entrance coming off N. Travis through a residential district, the other back entrance by Wal-Mart.....oh yeah, I see your point now.......but here's the thing- Sherman has the Town Center, you folks are getting a rebuilt TMC and a new hotel just up the road. If there is a lesson tobe learned, it's to improve access & exits. Town Center isn't all that landlocked, but it could be a bit better.
  • by unknown Location: sherman on Apr 3, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    I travel 691 everyday going to Cigna and 691 is very dangerous. I think that make the road wider would help alot and there really needs to be more traffic lights with just Cigna and loose wheels being there as the big business' it is really dangerous and people do not always yeild of course the way they are suppose to for the oncoming traffic there at 75. There has already been alot of wrecks there and the more business' that come in the worse it is going to get. I say more traffic lights and widing of roads.
  • by Erick Gent Location: Denison on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    I am glad city leaders are being proactive about this. The town center was a nightmare because Sherman didn't plan ahead for the development. I can't wait to see the other announcements in the works. Good job Denison for all your great work!
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