McKinney, Collin County, TxDOT recommend different alignments for improvements to US 380

After many discussions about US 380, the Texas Department of Transportation, the city of McKinney and Collin County officials have not been able to agree on a solution to congestion.

TxDOT recommended a bypass alignment for US 380 on May 6. But Collin County commissioners and the city of McKinney have since proposed other alternatives.

McKinney Mayor George Fuller said he does not think everyone is capable of getting on the same page.

“[TxDOT needs] to look at the real metrics … and make the decision that is best for the region [as] a whole,” he said.

Commissioners passed a resolution May 7 supporting the development of US 380 as a limited-access roadway, or highway, along the existing roadway.

Fuller presented three other modified options—teal, pink and yellow alignments—during a town hall meeting May 14. Theses alignments are  conversation starters, he said.

The most recent option from Fuller and McKinney released May 22 would relieve congestion along US 380 without building any limited-access roadway. This plan calls for expanding Bloomdale and Wilmeth roads and Laud Howell Parkway to eight lanes each and adding one lane in each direction of US 380.

Because US 380 is a state highway, TxDOT officials will make the final decision. Doing nothing to relieve congestion is still an option, officials said.

All viable options for US 380 will be considered during the environmental study, which is the next step, TxDOT officials said.

Fuller said everyone has to look regionally at how to minimize the impact and make an alignment workable.
By Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.


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