The Texas Department of Transportation is advising motorists who travel along U.S. Highway 75 in Grayson County to be aware of possible lane closures as the agency prepares to replace asphalt on a portion of the freeway throughout much of Sherman and Denison.


The $6.3 million project is scheduled to begin on Sunday night and will affect both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 75 between FM 131 in Denison and Shepherd Drive on Sherman’s south side. Pavement work will be conducted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., every Sunday through Thursday until the projected completion date in November. TxDOT awarded the construction contract to Austin Bridge and Road Services, LP from Irving. The firm was allotted 120 working days to complete the project under favorable weather conditions.


“Highway 75 is old and, as it ages, we have to do repairs,” TxDOT Paris District Public Information Officer Tim McAlavy said.


A TxDOT news release said crews began placing construction signs throughout the targeted improvement area on Monday. McAlavy said the state agency specifically scheduled the pavement work to avoid peak traffic flows on Friday and Saturday nights.


McAlavy reminded motorists to heed all traffic signals related to the improvements and exercise added caution when workers are present.


“As always, please slow down and pay attention in work zones,” McAlavy said.