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Grayson County OKs $161 million highway plan

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The busy intersection of U.S. 75 and U.S. 72 will get an upgrade. (KTEN) The busy intersection of U.S. 75 and U.S. 72 will get an upgrade. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- With growth and development surging, Grayson County is moving forward on a plan to upgrade its highway network.

"This budget is really just addressing the basic needs of Grayson County while preparing for the growth," said County Judge Bill Magers.

As part of a larger project to upgrade U.S. 75, the county will be making changes to the busy intersection with U.S. 82 in Sherman. It doesn't currently meet interstate highway standards.

The $161 million project will also reconstruct portions of Highway 75 and add main traffic lanes, continuous frontage roads and U-turns along a 12-mile stretch from FM 1417 in Sherman north to Morton Street in Denison.

"We have provided for transportation with a bonding of some roads," Magers said. "We will collaborate with TxDOT."

While the U.S. 82 intersection in Sherman is the primary concern, the project also plans to make changes where U.S. 75 intersects with Eisenhower Parkway [Spur 503] in Denison.

"We're hoping for an April-to-August of next year to get started on [Spur]  503 and at the same time the next year for 82 and 75 in Denison," Magers said.

The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting at 6 p.m. on September 6 at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom to share the latest designs for the project and to answer any questions.

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