The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public opinions and concerns about U.S. Highway 75 in Grayson County.
The state transportation agency recently released a new survey to gather comments about what the public would like to see happen to the roadway.
“Basically, we want everybody’s input on what they think the future of that roadway should be,” Tim McAlavy, TxDOT public information officer, said. “Look at Highway 75 south of Van Alstyne, coming out of McKinney and going through Dallas, that’s what Highway 75 can be today. We know it’s going to go that direction, so we want people’s input on that.”
The survey, which is presented in English and Spanish, was released through the popular internet survey company Survey Monkey and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RHM565. In a news release announcing the survey, TxDOT said members of the public, municipal officials and other stakeholders are encouraged to “share their opinions and concerns about the future of U.S. 75 in Grayson County.”
Highway 75 runs through approximately 32 miles of Grayson County, passing through Van Alstyne, Howe, Sherman and Denison. TxDOT’s study will focus on existing and future traffic volumes, including trucks; crash statistics and safety needs; economic development opportunities; highway characteristics such as overpass clearances, pavement condition, and lane and shoulder widths; community needs; environmental features; and transportation options.
“We put the survey out there for a little over a month,” McAlavy said. “We’d love to get as much input as we possibly can, but we don’t have a set goal.”
McAlavy said the results of the survey will eventually be released through the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization. TxDOT also recently did a survey seeking public comment on the Interstate 30 corridor. McAlavy said that study purposely shares similarities with the Highway 75 study.
“That’s because both of these highway corridors are going to be workhorses in the future,” McAlavy said. “They need to grow and they need to grow correctly. That’s why we’re getting everybody’s input.”
On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved the 2017 Unified Transportation Program, which includes $70 billion worth of projects TxDOT said will help meet the state’s transportation demands. The 10-year plan includes projects designed to better connect the major interstates in rural areas with local roads and highways.
“The actions today by the Texas Transportation Commission represent a historic investment in our state’s infrastructure,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news release issued Thursday. “Texans have sent a loud and clear message that they are tired of sitting in traffic, and this funding plan will significantly address safety, maintenance, connectivity and congestion on our crowded highways.”