Growing pains causing headaches at Sherman intersection

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- One of the busiest intersections in the city of Sherman is now being redone, and the traffic flow is even heavier. Highway 56 and FM 1417 construction should be completed by this fall, but now drivers and parents picking up their kids at Texoma Christian School are having to adjust for the backup.

Ask any driver that is familiar with the intersection, and they will tell you that it needs to be fixed. It is a sentiment shared by those at the Texas Department of Transportation, and officials there are working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Each day around 3 p.m., parents line up outside Texoma Christian School to pick up their children. The only problem with that is after they're safely in the car, many of them they have to get in line along Highway 56 stuck in traffic.

"It does get pretty congested down there and when we go to karate after school it’s kind of a mess," parent Fleeta Collins says.

"If I’m going that way you really have to make, I mean it’s a good ten minutes sometimes in the morning," parent Cheryl Plauche says.

It’s a problem TX-DOT officials are well aware of.

"Anytime you have construction we're going to have delays and that’s always a factor we had to look at." TX-DOT area engineer Kevin Harris says.

Workers installed a four way stop this week on the east side of the FM 1417 overpass on Highway 56 that has led to long lines in high traffic times, but in order to fix an intersection that has caused so many problems for so many years, it's apparent that some sacrifices are having to be made.

"When you're going to a school on the west side of Sherman and the only way to get there is 56 and it’s more of a ‘I have to compensate for this construction’ instead of going around it."

In the next couple of weeks, crews are expected to begin work just to west of the existing overpass. They are set to add a couple of more ramps on the south east side, and while all this work gives drivers headaches, most parents agree the inconvenience now is worth the peace-of-mind down the road.

"I’m a teacher here at the school, and we've had some experiences here with teens and other drivers and anything we can do to keep these roads safer for these kids. I’m all for it," parent Sandra Truly says.

If you have driven on FM 1417 this week you would have noticed some modifications to the main lanes TX-DOT officials say speed limit through the construction zone will remain the same. Drivers are just being asked to use caution as they pass through.


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  • by johnny Location: west texas on May 23, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    on the construction workers, doing there jobs, should be commended. please slow down for the workers on all highways, they have families out there, who worried about there safety working. so please be courteious, and alway use caution. the oklahoma and texas highway patrol, should be commended too for keeping us all safe and helping out when someone is stranded and needs help out there. so please keep them in mind also. everyone have a safe and happy memeorial holiday, and always encourage others you always. johnny from west texas.
  • by S Location: Sherman on May 23, 2008 at 03:30 AM
    The zigzag that was put on 1417 is awful. It is several accidents waiting to happen!
  • by Sick and Tired of this Story!! Location: The Truth on May 22, 2008 at 09:45 PM
    (2 of 2) Most importantly! What should have been done when making such a major change from one day to the next, at such a busy intersection, would have been to set up two of those sign's with a message displayed in blinking light's indicating the change, one at the blinking light on Hwy 56 and one on Hwy 1417 at point of change, warning driver's of the "change" in a way they'd not been able to miss, like they do on our big highway's! At the very least, they should have put up the "stop sign's" that were finally put up today, "after the terrible accident". I feel sorry for the poor man being publicly ridiculed for being allegedly, "just being careless, not paying attention"!
  • by Sick and Tired of this Story!!! Location: Tell the Truth on May 22, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    FYI! I don't believe for one minute that it was the man driving the truck's fault simply because he wasn't "paying attention"! I, myself drove thru that intersection late the night before and it was still a normal two lane's once turning on to Hwy 1417 going north and then the very next day it had completely changed, making the sholder of the road the north bound lane, and making the regular north bound lane, the south bound lane, completely shutting down the original south bound lane. First of all, when does ANY kind of construction ever go that fast,lol Secondly, If it had been done properly this accident would have NEVER happened! #1, When making a MAJOR lane change such as this, it is customary to BLACKOUT the line's indicating the old lane, rather then leaving the line's for both, which so obviously would confuse anyone! (1 of 2)-con't
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