The project commonly known as the U.S. Highway 75 “gap” may soon receive the attention necessary to get the highway closer to meeting current interstate highway standards.
The Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Board will consider issuing a resolution in support of a project to improve the last section of U.S. Highway 75 in Texas up to interstate standards when it meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Grayson County Courthouse.
The project would allow a four-mile section of the highway from FM 1417 to State Highway 91 to be expanded to a six-lane divided roadway. Outside of closing the gap, the project will also see improvements to the approaches at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 75 and U.S. Hwy. 82 aimed at decreasing congestion and improving traffic flow.
The proposed resolution of support comes as the public comment period for the project comes to a conclusion.
Here are three other things to know about Tuesday’s meeting:
1. Unified Planning Work Program amendment — The policy board will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed amendment to the MPO’s 2018-2019 work program. The update includes funding for administrative costs, the 25-year Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and 2020 census coordination projects.
2. Future UPWP approval — In addition to amending its current work program, SDMPO is expected to consider approving its next plan for 2020 and 2021. If approved, the plan will be sent to the Texas Workforce Commission for review.
3. The 2020 census — The meeting will also include a presentation from SDMPO Executive Director Clay Barnett on the upcoming 2020 census.