The Texas Department of Transportation officials has planned a new phase of construction on U.S. Highway 75. The work is slated to start on Friday and will impact the highway between Park Avenue and North Travis Street in Sherman.


Construction on the two-mile stretch of highway will include improvements to main lanes, overpasses and frontage roads, a news release from the department said.


“As this phase of construction begins, US 75 frontage roads will be reduced to one lane of travel in both directions to allow installation of temporary shoring, culvert extensions and pavement improvements,” the release said. “To lessen the impact on traffic, this work will progress from Park Avenue to Lamar Street for about two weeks and then proceed from Lamar Street to North Travis Street.”


Traffice from Park AVenue to North Travis will temporarily be detoured in order for crews to safely access and work on the roadway and to construct the new lanes of traffic.


Similar work will occur concurrently on southbound US 75. During this phase of construction two lanes of US 75 in both directions will detour onto frontage roads. Main lane traffic will be separated from frontage road traffic by temporary concrete barriers, officials said in the release.


“In addition to these improvements, overpasses at Park Avenue, Center Street, Lamar Street, Houston Street, Washington Street and North Travis street will be rebuilt, the release said. ”A new overpass will be built at South Travis Street. Each overpass will temporarily close for construction once main lane traffic work reaches its location. Public notices will be issued as an alert well in advance of each overpass closure, officials said.”


While this new phase of construction is underway on US 75, officials advise drivers to be aware of road crews on the highway, expect some delays, and plan their commutes in advance. This construction and any temporary lane closures it creates are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, officials said.


Motorists who travel frequently in this area are asked to pay special attention to all barricades, traffic controls and signs, and to reduce their speed as they approach and travel through work zones. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking or car audio or navigation systems.


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