Following discussion during a meeting Monday, the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization has called for a public meeting to discuss new projects that will begin within the next five years. The projects the MPO is looking to pursue range from congestion relief for Travis Street in Sherman to a walking and biking trail near Van Alstyne High School.

Following discussion during a meeting Monday, the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization has called for a public meeting to discuss new projects that will begin within the next five years. The projects the MPO is looking to pursue range from congestion relief for Travis Street in Sherman to a walking and biking trail near Van Alstyne High School.


The meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. April 13 at the Sherman City Council Chamber, located at 220 W. Mulberry St. SDMPO Director Karl Welzenbach said officials will be available to discuss proposed amendments to MPO’s 2015-2018 Transportation Improvements Plan and its upcoming 2017-2020 plan.


The amendments will add two multiuse use paths to its current four-year transportation plan in Van Alstyne and Sherman. The Van Alstyne project, which has an estimated cost of $600,000, will stretch from Van Alstyne High School a mile south to North Park on Grays Trail. Previously Welzenbach said this project was designed to give students a safe route between the park and school.


The Sherman path project will stretch along the northern side of State Highway 56 from Throckmorton to Montgomery as a part of an ongoing streetscape improvement project. The streetscape project will include street clean up, curb repair and new trees along the thoroughfare, officials with the city said.


The path construction portion of the project comes with an estimated cost of $500,000.


These projects will also be included in the MPO’s 2017-2020 plan, which will also be up for public comment during the meeting. The plan also encompasses a number of other projects, including more than $9.4 million in improvements to Sherman’s Travis Street.


The improvements, which are designed to increase traffic flow near residential and commercial development, will start in 2017 with work on the interchange with U.S. Highway 82. The $3.9 million project will increase the height of the bridge over the highway and widen it to a four-lane roadway with a left-turn lane on each side.


A second phase of improvements stretching south from Highway 82 to Lamberth, and from Lamberth to Taylor, will widen the roadway to four lanes in 2018. The projected cost for these projects is $6.23 million. Additional work will continue on the roadway in 2019.


FM 121 will also see work from Jim Jones Road to near FM 3356 in 2017. The $6.31 million project will add additional lanes to the roadway to increase safety along the route, Welzenbach said.


Finally, work on what will become the service road for the proposed Grayson County Toll Road will start in 2019. The planned project will create a new, two-lane highway from the Grayson County line north to FM 121. Currently, the route for the toll road has not been finalized. The service road project is estimated to cost $8 million.