Roadway widening and other transportation projects underway in McKinney this November

Several transportation projects are underway this November. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Several transportation projects are underway this November. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Several transportation projects are underway this November. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Redbud Boulevard widening

Construction to widen Redbud Boulevard from a two- to a four-lane roadway began last October. Paving of the new southbound lane is expected to be complete in November, and both new travel lanes are expected to be finished by December. Once done, Redbud Boulevard will be a four-lane roadway from McLarry Drive to Bloomdale Road.

Timeline: October 2018-December

Cost: $1.65 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

Intersection improvements

In November, construction of various intersection improvements will continue. In October, construction of additional turn lanes at Virginia Parkway and Ridge Road was completed. Turn lanes at US 380 and Hardin Boulevard are expected to be completed by December. An eastbound right turn lane at Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard is expected to be completed by early December. Construction of a second westbound left turn lane at US 380 and Airport Drive is also underway as of early November and is expected to be complete by end of December.

Timeline: April-late 2019

Cost: $1.6 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

Trinity Falls Parkway widening

Reconstruction to widen Trinity Falls Parkway into a four-lane arterial roadway will continue. In November, traffic along Trinity Falls is expected to be directed to use the newly constructed northbound travel lanes while construction takes place on the southbound lanes. Once complete, Trinity Falls will be widened from a two- to a four-lane divided roadway from Laud Howell Parkway to FM 543.

Timeline: February 2019-April 2020

Cost: $10 million

Funding sources: city of McKinney, developers

Bridge reconstruction

The bridge crossing Rowlett Creek along Stonebridge Drive reopened to traffic in October. Since March, Stonebridge has been closed while a complete reconstruction of the bridge and the adjacent pavement takes place. Temporary lane closures and detours will continue while final bridge work is completed. The project is expected to be complete by the end of November.

Timeline: March-November

Cost: $1.5 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

Virginia Parkway expansion

Construction to widen Virginia Parkway is nearing completion, according to the city of McKinney. New travel lanes between Jordan Road and US 75 are expected to reopen to traffic in early November in most locations as isolated outside lane closures occur throughout the rest of construction. Final work is expected to be complete in December. Once finished, Virginia Parkway will be widened from a four- to a six-lane roadway between Ridge Road and US 75.

Timeline: March 2017-December 2019

Cost: $15 million

Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments


The McKinney Urban Transit District has allocated $270,000 for funding of a new pilot program that will allow people facing certain hardships free transportation service. (courtesy Adobe Stock)
McKinney Urban Transit District allocates $270,000 toward pilot program allowing free transportation for eligible riders

The McKinney Urban Transit District set aside $270,000 for the implementation of a “hardship” pilot program, during a Nov. 13 board meeting.

The city of McKinney has been selected to host one of the Drum Corps International tour stops at its McKinney ISD stadium next summer. (courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney ISD stadium selected to host Drum Corps International competition next summer

The city of McKinney announced Nov. 13 that it has yet again landed a major event at its new $70 million stadium.

Graphite Pencil   Paper is now open in downtown McKinney offering a variety or pencils and stationary. (courtesy Graphite Pencil   Paper)
Graphite Pencil + Paper now open in downtown McKinney

Graphite will offer a wide variety of pencils from international and national brands, as well as sharpeners, erasers, stationary, stickers, cards, books, socks, t-shirts and more.

The city of McKinney has hired a new Assistant City Manager, named Kim Flom. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney hires Kim Flom as new assistant city manager

Kim Flom, who is packing 15 years of municipal government experience, has been hired as the new Assistant City Manager for the city of McKinney, according to a city news release.

family walking in the park at sunset
Collin County community leaders campaign for complete count during 2020 Census

Collin County community leaders want to raise awareness of the importance of having a complete count of the area's population.

Cryo N More is now open in McKinney and offering services such as extreme cold treatment. (courtesy Cryo N More)
Cryo N More now open in McKinney, offering extreme cold treatment, tanning

The store offers cryotherapy, which activates the body’s natural healing system by exposing it to extreme cold, according to the website. Cryo also offers normatec compression and tanning.

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Sprout Dentistry for Kids is now open in McKinney. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Sprout Dentistry for Kids now open in McKinney

The dentist offers pediatric dental practices and offers pain-free and needle-free treatment.

At this year's State of the City, the speakers were McKinney Mayor George Fuller, city manager Paul Grimes, McKinney ISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel and Collin College District President Neil Matkin (right to left). (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
State of the City highlights McKinney’s progress and plans for upcoming year

At this year’s State of the City event on Nov. 7, guests learned of different successes and challenges for McKinney ISD, Collin College and the city.

Construction on Sam Rayburn Tollway is underway from Denton Tap Road in Lewisville to east of US 75 in McKinney.
Occasional lane closures to take place as construction continues on Sam Rayburn Tollway

Construction work to expand Sam Rayburn Tollway began in January, and crews have been working to add a fourth lane in each direction of the 26-mile tollway. The work is taking place between Lewisville and McKinney.

Fine + Well is holding mediation classes in November. (Courtesy Fine + Well)
Things to do in McKinney this November

Parents can drop their children off for a scavenger hunt while the parents enjoy a night out.

Rye is a seasonal American small plates restaurant and craft cocktail bar where McKinney visitors can enjoy a night out. (courtesy Rye)
27 places to enjoy a night out in McKinney

McKinney residents will find more entertainment and venues open past 9 p.m. as the city continues to grow. Check out our guide below for nightlife ideas in McKinney. This is not a comprehensive list.

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