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Grayson County green-lights US 75 expansion

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A four-mile stretch of U.S. 75 in Sherman will be upgraded. (KTEN) A four-mile stretch of U.S. 75 in Sherman will be upgraded. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Growing transportation needs are being met after Grayson County Commissioners approved plans for reconstruction and widening of U.S. 75.

"In the next 20 years, Grayson County will be under construction," said Grayson County Judge Bill Magers.

With growth and development on the rise for the county, plans are in motion with the Texas Department of Transportation to rebuild a four-mile stretch of the highway between FM 1417 and Texoma Parkway.

"The reason that's important is, some companies will not even look at your county without having an interstate in it," Magers explained.

That section of U.S. 75 does not currently meet established interstate highway standards. But planned improvements should soon attract more people to the county and make travel easier.

"Everything else is to interstate standards, and north of the river, ODOT and the Indian nations are putting in $130 million improvements there," Magers said. "Once this is done, 75 will become interstate standard."

The $161 million Grayson County project will expand the four-lane highway to six lanes, while lengthening several on- and off-ramps for safer travel.

"Then, at U.S. 75 and U.S. 82, we're going to make it three lanes, add three lanes of frontage roads around that intersection, and put some more left turn movements in there so that it'll be easier to navigate that and it should flow a lot better," said Clay Barnett, director of the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization.

With surrounding cities all in agreement; Barnett said he's hopeful this project will boost all of Grayson County.

"It's great to see our community come together and work together to solve the growing transportation needs that we have here," he said.

Barnett said the U.S. 75 project could begin as early as September of next year.