Sherman police enforcing new speed limit on major highways

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Last week the City of Sherman voted to lower the speed limit on parts of Highway 75 and 82 during the multi-million dollar construction project that started at the end of January.

Sherman police are taking extra steps to enforce the new speed limit.

Officers say they'll have an increased presence on Highway 82 and on Highway 75, especially at night.

The speed limit has changed from 75 miles per hour to 60 on Highway 75 from the FM 1417 exit to Loy Lake Road, and on Highway 82 where it intersects 1417 from near Carrus Hospitals to Texoma Parkway.

Joel Rogers is from Collinsville, and drives on Highway 75 a couple of times per week.

"I haven't noticed the signs we drive on it a couple of times a week generally speaking," Rogers said.

"The main goal of this is not to write citations and it's not to generate revenue, the idea of this is to keep motorists and the construction crews safe throughout the duration of the project," Sherman police Sgt. Brett Mullen said.

It's the largest TxDOT project in Grayson County since the 1980s, valued at more than $154 million.

Rogers said he still see cars going faster than they should.

"Normally we just keep up with the flow of traffic anyway, but I don't think anyone noticed the signs," Rogers said.

The first phase of construction will widen the four lane roadway to six lanes on Highway 75 from FM 1417 to Texoma Parkway.

Rogers said despite what other drivers may be doing, he plans to follow the new signs.

"I'm never the fast guy anyway, so I'm the slowest wildebeest in the herd, they're going to get everybody else before they get me," Rogers said.

Construction is split up into phases, but the entire project is expected to take about three years total.

According to TxDOT, a ticket for speeding in a work zone can cost up to $2,000.