Improving Sherman’s streets

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- The City of Sherman is doing major improvements on several thoroughfares around town, funded by a recent sales tax increase.

While the cars travel regularly along Taylor as a connection between FM 1417 and U.S. 75, some say Taylor and others around town are a little rough to travel. Now the city of Sherman is trying to change that.

As the cars dip in and out of the divots on Taylor Street, city officials say the dips are an older, cheaper way to control water flow, but now it's ruining the road.

"As the city grows, we need better thoroughfares east and west and north and south," Jeff Miller of Sherman Public Works says.

Taylor is just one of many roads scheduled for improvements. The city is in its second year of a five-year enhanced thoroughfare program. Voters approved an eighth-of-a-cent sales tax increase last November, part of which is funding the project.

"It's going to vary from street to street based on needs, from sidewalks, curbs and gutters, the whole thing all the way to an improved riding surface, asphalt surface."

Public works director Jeff Miller says Sherman is growing more to the west, making improvements necessary especially to major roadways.

"There is going to be more construction in the city as it grows, but the good news is you're going to have better streets, and it's going to make the city look a lot better."

The Loy Lake project was completed in April of last year. Even though the project is separate from the city's thoroughfare project, businesses on the road can see how these improvements will benefit the entire city.

"People can come and go, not worry about the congestion and the bigger the road, the easier people can get to other businesses and it's a lot easier."

City officials say when Loy Lake opened they noticed people driving faster along the road which means increased police presence. So even though the street condition may be nicer, the speed limits will stay the same.


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