The Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization is preparing to finalize its plans and vision for Texoma roadway projects through the next two decades. The MPO policy board is expected to vote on the organization’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan and submit it to the Federal Transit Administration and Texas Department of Transportation when it meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Grayson County Courthouse.
Here are three things to know about the SDMPO’s upcoming MTP:
1. What is the MTP?
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan represents one of the organization’s longer range plans for roadway projects it plans to pursue. The plan will encompass projects stretching from the year 2020 through the year 2045.
Early drafts of the plan focused primarily on projects expected to see development over the next 10 years, with other long range projects listed without a day.
2. U.S. Highway 75 tops the list of projects
The $161 million project will see a four-mile stretch of highway from FM 1417 to State Highway 91 brought up to modern standard and widened into a six-lane roadway. The project is expected to also see extensive work in modernizing the access and ramp system for the roadway to better handle modern traffic and speed demands.
The other half of the project will see improvements to the approaches for the U.S. 75 and U.S. 82 intersection. The project will alleviate some ongoing congestion issues by adjusting the ramps to give drivers more time to maneuver while approaching the intersection.
Further improvements to U.S. 75 are expected later in the decade as further sections are widened to match the previous improvements.
3. FM 1417 is slated to see improvement
Drafts for the plan included a full reconstruction of the FM 1417 bridge over State Highway 56. The project is a major focus to the city of Sherman as it prepares to improve the FM 1417 corridor for the opening of the new Sherman High School.