TxDOT routine repairs slow traffic on Highway 75

Published: Jun. 14, 2017 at 9:32 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Annual U.S. Highway 75 repairs in Grayson County had the road down to one lane Wednesday, and the construction's not over yet.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 75, from Spur 503 to Highway 82, were shut down to one lane Wednesday, but traffic backups aren't the only problem it's causing.

"It took 15 to 20 minutes extra," driver Austin Teate said.

"I spent about 10 extra minutes this morning," driver Michele Caldwell said.

Michelle Caldwell drives to Sherman from Oklahoma on Highway 75 every morning for work, but Wednesday morning's commute came with some extra traffic.

"It's a pain, it takes longer, people don't pay attention, they like to cut through the median which then causes even more problems," Caldwell said.

TxDOT said the annual summer repairs on U.S. Highway 75 are mandatory.

They repair normal wear and tear on highly traveled roads, doing improvements like concrete repairs and filling potholes. TxDOT also said some of the materials they use for these repairs require the heat to set and cure properly.

"It can be dangerous when traffic goes down to one lane and completely stops," Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said.

Denison police said they've seen at least three accidents in the construction zone throughout the last two days.

"Traffic was backed up and we had another vehicle that struck three other vehicles due to driver inattention," Eppler said.

Thankfully no one was seriously hurt, but one person was taken to the hospital to treat minor injuries.

Police said to watch the warning signs and be alert.

"It's a state law to head these warning signs, when you see them, slow down, and be extra cautious about what's going on around you," Eppler said.

Drivers have some advice as well.

"Don't take 75," Teate said.

"Go a different route, or pay attention to the signs, people have kids in the car, we don't want to be in a wreck cause you're not paying attention or you're too busy," Caldwell said.

TxDOT said they don't have an end date yet, but will continue to repair new sections of the highway each day.

So as you plan for your morning commute, if you take U.S. Highway 75, maybe give yourself some extra time.