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.