Sherman plans to be done with the construction of West Travis Street by the spring of 2020, several months ahead of the planned opening of the new Sherman High School on the west side of town.
City Manager Robby Hefton recently told the City Council, Sherman is moving into the fourth phase of the roadway’s construction, which will be the portion from FM 1417 moving east to Moore Street. The extension of Travis Street on the west side of U.S. Highway 75 currently goes through the Sherman Crossroads development and will ultimately be a four-lane, divided roadway that will connect with OB Groner Road at its intersection with FM 1417. Once constructed, the Sherman Independent School District’s new high school will be near the northwest corner of the intersection of OB Groner Road and Moore Street.
“Engineering is done on that,” Hefton said of the fourth phase of the project. “We expect to be moving dirt on that in the third quarter of this year. The engineer at the same time was working on connecting from the east to the west, so phases two and three, if you want to look at it that way.”
Hefton said one issue Sherman has is that it has not yet acquired right of way land from ActiTech, which is located at 301 W. FM 1417, for the West Travis Street construction.
“We’re still working on that,” Hefton said. “But that’s not a matter of if — it’s a matter of when.”
The Emergency Center of North Texas, a free-standing emergency department that is one of two medical facilities that were recently built in the Sherman Crossroads development, opened earlier this year near the northwest corner of the intersection of Hwy. 75 and FM 1417. The developers are currently constructing Crossroads Boulevard, which will run north and south parallel to Hwy. 75 to connect West Travis Street and FM 1417 near the medical facilities in the development.
In a document prepared for the council, city staff noted that the sale of several pad sites in the development are in discussion for restaurants that may locate there.
Work on West Travis Street first began in April 2016 when Dallas engineering firm Brockette/Davis/Drake Inc. was awarded the contract to do the engineering design for the four-lane thoroughfare. Work on the first portion of the roadway began later that year and was completed early in 2017, when it was subsequently opened for use to help facilitate other construction in the development.
The council first approved a conceptual master plan for the planned, 130-acre Sherman Crossroads development in August 2015.
“Overall our goal for that entire stretch — from (FM) 1417 eastward all the way to the (Hwy.) 75 southbound service road — we expect to be done and completed and the road open by spring of 2020, which will be a few months in advance of the school district’s plans to have the school opened by fall of 2020,” Hefton said of plans to begin classes in the Sherman ISD’s new high school for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Local voters approved a $176 million bond package for Sherman ISD in November that included funds to build a new high school, for districtwide technology upgrades and for updates to the HVAC and energy management system at the current Sherman High School.
Last month, the Sherman ISD board of trustees approved the transition from the schematic design process to the design development process for the new high school. Project Director Clinton Schiver with VLK Architects presented preliminary plans for the exterior of the new high school during the meeting. The plans included both traditional and contemporary design elements and incorporated a main courtyard with a pride walk that will run through the campus.