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SHERMAN -- Major changes are right around the corner for a one of the busiest intersections in Sherman.

TxDOT and the city of Sherman met Wednesday for a pre-construction meeting on a massive make-over to the intersection of Loy Lake Road and Highway 75.

"I work over at the Home Depot and there's times where you're backed up four or five red lights before you get through the intersection," Larry Murley said.

Changes include widening Loy Lake Road from the north side of the bridge to Sarah Swamy Drive.

Clay Barnett, director of public works and engineering in Sherman, showed us renderings of what the upgrades will look like.

"The roadway has hit its capacity," Barnett said."During the year, especially during the holidays, traffic is backed up significantly."

Barnett says there are technically two projects involved.

TxDOT will handle changes to the bridge and the intersection of Loy Lake Road and Highway 75.

The city of Sherman will pick up construction south of the intersection to Sarah Swamy Drive, which will become a divided four-lane divided section of roadway.

Once construction is complete, drivers can expect a right turn lane from Sarah Swamy Drive onto Loy Lake Road. A traffic light is also being installed at the intersection.

The city of Sherman is footing a $400,000 bill for the upgrades it's overseeing.

TxDOT is spending another $5.2 million on improvements to the bridge and intersection. TxDOT says the Loy Lake bridge above Highway 75 will be widened to have two through lanes and one left turn lane in each direction.

Barnett says the owner of a shopping center on the northeast corner of Sarah Swamy and Loy Lake Road contributed $1.3 million dollars to the project, which was divided up. A new entrance to the shopping center will also be built.

Loy Lake Bridge will be closed at some point during construction but some drivers don't mind steering clear temporarily for a long-term fix.

"Anything that makes it safer for everybody, we're always ready to grin and bear it," Whitesboro resident Darenda Fothergill said.

"That's just part of a growing pain that we all go through. but I think it'll be a great thing for the city and the community," Murley said.

TxDOT says construction will begin February 10 and is expected to last 13 months.