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Wheels in motion to make Highway 75/69 an interstate

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SHERMAN -- Several Texoma cities, including Sherman, Denison and Durant are members of the U.S. 75/69 Corridor Task Force, an initiative formed by a transportation advocacy group called the Texas Excellence for the 21st Century, or TEX-21.

Its long-term goal is converting Highways 75 and 69 into an interstate.

That would be a much a easier task for areas along Highway 75 in Texas and just across the Oklahoma state line.

But Highway 69 in Oklahoma would have to take quite a few more steps because of the stop lights, intersections and driveways that have direct access to the road. Those would all have to go to achieve interstate status.

Jerry Tomlinson, mayor of Durant, says the corridor is only expected to get busier, so making it safer for drivers and more efficient for transporters is a priority.

"What can we do to improve the traffic flow, the safety issues, the efficiency of moving product for the truckers, etc. But, Durant really has an interest because we sit right on here on 69/75," he said.

Planning is still in the very early stages.

The first step for the task force towards attaining interstate status is to get the highway recognized by the state as a high-priority corridor, which could still be years down the road.