With the start of the new year, comes a new series of projects and developments in Sherman that are expected to come fruition throughout 2020. From the start of major road improvements to the opening of the new Sherman High School, the year is expect to be a busy one for the city.
Here are five projects or events that are coming in 2020.
1. The “gap” project
Among the first projects that will get underway this year is the nearly $160 million improvements to U.S. Highway 75. The project will see the single remaining stretch of the highway in Texas that is not up to interstate levels brought up to modern standards. The project will also see improvements at U.S. Highways 75 and 82 including a restructuring of service roads to give more maneuvering space when approaching the intersection.
In December, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said the project is currently slated to begin work near FM 1417 in mid-to-late January, weather permitting. The project will move north for about four miles before concluding at the intersection with State Highway 91.
One of the early milestones of the 800-day project will be the construction of a bridge at West Travis Street, which will provide access to the new high school site. Officials expect the portion of the project will be done in time for the start of the school year.
2.Sherman’s Second QuikTrip
One of the first retail developments in the Sherman Crossroads developments is slated to open in the first quarter of the year. The city’s second QuikTrip location, following the station at FM 691 and U.S. Highway 75, is slated to open some time in February.
The station will be one of the first tenants to open in Sherman Crossroads, located on the northwest corner of FM 1417 and U.S. Highway 75. In addition to QuikTrip, McDonald’s has also broken ground on it’s second freestanding Sherman location. Previously, Braums had announced plans for a location in the crossroads, but these plans appear to have stalled.
3. The Splash repairs
Officials with Sherman Parks and Recreation are tentatively planning to reopen The Splash at Fairview Park on May 23 following repairs to the pool’s shell during the off season.
In early December, the Sherman City Council approved a $151,000 contract to fill more than 100 cracks in the surface of the pool. The cracks, some of which are visible, were discovered during a study in 2018 to discover why the pool was losing three inches — representing thousands of gallons of water — each day during peak pool season.
Despite extensive work during the off season, city officials expect work to be completed by April 1.
4. Lights on the Lake and Hot Summer Nights
Sherman’s 4th of July celebration will be returning for its 11th year in 2020 as a part of the city’s annual Hot Summer Nights concert series. Sherman Tourism Manager Sarah McRae said organizers have already begun work on planning for the concerts.
This year the city’s Lights on the Lake celebration will be held on Thursday, July 2, putting it on the same day of the week as the other concerts. The entire concert series is expected to run from the first week of June through July.
As of this week, McRae said four of the nine acts for the series have been confirmed and contracts have been finalized. The final lineup of expected to be announced as a part of the April Coffee with the Mayor event on April 3.
5. Sherman High School
After nearly three years of development, the new Sherman High School is slated to open later this year. The new high school, which is located along FM 1417 and West Travis Street, is slated to open some time in August, district officials previously said.
In late 2017, Sherman voters approved a $176 million bond package related to the new school following a similar, $308 million bond that failed six months earlier. The campus will be able to fit 2,600 students with a maximum capacity of 3,000. The district has already started planning on expansions that could add capacity for an additional 500 students.
District officials have yet to give an exact date when the school will open, but have discussed setting Aug. 31 as the first day of school to give staff time to transition into the new building.