Road construction causing headaches for Denison drivers

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII)- The ramp reversal project off of Highway 75 in Denison in front of the Wal-Mart has been under construction since October, and the recent construction of a stretch of Loy Lake Road in Denison has been giving drivers in the area headaches.

William Self said his 20 minute drive to work from Pottsboro has been delayed a few times because of the ramp reversal construction since the project began in October.

"That's really an inconvenience when you're late for work, it happens a couple of times. The boss ain't too appreciative, I'm on my last warning now," said Self.

Meanwhile, the Loy Lake construction has been a new hassle for Ronny Stanley, who lives in the neighborhood behind the construction.

Construction began on this portion of Loy Lake Road because of the apartment complex under construction in the area, and crews will need to add a deceleration lane.

"You might lose 5-10 minutes taking detours. Coming back is alright, unless someone is going down the wrong way," said Stanley.

Denison police say they have received calls of drivers ignoring the "road closed" sign, and while there haven't been any accidents, Lt. Mike Eppler says they want to keep it that way.

"What we've had is people traveling west through that area are meeting cars head on that are coming east. We just want to remind everybody that its east bound only, from Trail Road to Coffin Street on Loy Lake Road," said Lt. Eppler.

A city of Denison representative says the construction on Loy Lake Road should take up to 45 days.

However the ramp reversal project is still underway, as TxDOT will take out the old off ramp... and will build a new one.

TxDOT says this project cost $3.7 million to complete, and paid for by state funds.

A TxDOT Representative says the ramp reversal project should be completed by September, barring severe weather.