Over the next five years, Sherman’s Travis Street is slated to see more than $9.4 million of improvements aimed at widening the existing roadway. The improvements will increase traffic flow on a roadway in an area of major growth for Sherman.

Over the next five years, Sherman’s Travis Street is slated to see more than $9.4 million of improvements aimed at widening the existing roadway. The improvements will increase traffic flow on a roadway in an area of major growth for Sherman.


These and other improvements are included in the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Plan, which was reviewed on Wednesday. The plan provides an overview of expected roadway projects and improvements projected to be start in next next four years.


"The traffic along that corridor continues to grow," SDMPO Director Karl Welzenbach said, citing residential developments near U.S. Highway 82 and commercial traffic from Walmart at U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 82.


Sherman Public Works and Engineering Director Clay Barnett said some of this traffic comes from the Austin Landing development, with developers currently working on 92 residential lots and plans to develop 500 more.


The MPO’s Transportation Improvment Plan calls for three separate projects to improve the roadway and increase it from two lanes to four lanes in some sections. These projects will start in 2017 with a $3.9 million reconstruction to the interchange of Travis Street and Highway 82. Welzenbach said this project will cover two major improvements needed on the bridge over the highway.


The project includes widening the bridge to include four lanes and a turn lane on each side of the bridge for traffic turning onto the service roads. Additionally, the project will elevate the bridge to give increased clearance for Highway 82, Welzenbach said.


The project will utilize funds allocated to the State Highway Fund by Proposition 1, which passed in 2014. The proposition diverts a portion of the tax derived from oil and gas taxes from the state Rainy Day Fund for roadway improvement projects across the state.


In 2018, the two remaining construction projects, which cover areas south of Highway 82, are expected expected to begin. The first project, projected to cost $3.54 million, will expand Travis Street to four lanes stretching from Highway 82 to Lamberth. A second project will add additional lanes to Travis Street from Lamberth Street to Taylor Street. This project is expected to cost $2.69 million.


Barnett said the project will also help to further streamline traffic along the roadway. Throughout the route, the street switches between two, three and four lanes, Barnett said.


The city is currently looking at ways to expand the roadway all the way to FM 691, including planning with outside consultants, Barnett said.


Other projects included in the plan include widening of FM 121 from Jim Jones Road to near FM 3356 in 2017 for $6.31 million. Welzenbach said this is to reduce severity of s-curves along the route.


The cities of Van Alstyne and Sherman will also be getting new shared-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists in 2017. In Van Alstyne, the path will stretch along State Highway 5 from Van Alstyne High School south to a park on Grays Trail. The Sherman path will run along the north side of State Highway 56 from North Throckmorton to Montgomery, Barnett said.


The final project, slated for 2019, will widen FM 1417 from two to four lanes and add a median or continuous left-turn lane from Highway 82 to Taylor Street with an expected price of $7.23 million.


The SDMPO is expected to hold a public hearing regarding the plan in April before presenting it to the Policy Board for final approval in June.