McKinney residents, mayor discuss options to relieve congestion on US 380; new alignments presented

McKinney Mayor George Fuller held a town hall meeting May 14 about US 380.

McKinney Mayor George Fuller held a town hall meeting May 14 about US 380.

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During a town hall meeting May 14, McKinney Mayor George Fuller presented two new alignment options for US 380. The options are intended to be conversation starters, Fuller said at the meeting.

The new pink alignment starts west of Custer Road running between the Texas Department of Transportation's previously proposed alignments named red A and red B. The pink line reconnects with the city's teal alignment.

The yellow alignment presented by Fuller connects with TxDOT's red A alignment and runs north of Bloomdale Road. The yellow line also connects with the city's teal alignment.

The teal alignment runs north of the current US 380 alignment near TxDOT’s proposed red alignment, connecting to the current US 380 east of Farmersville. The teal alignment also encompasses part of TxDOT’s yellow alignment proposed in October, which continues a bypass north of New Hope and Princeton. The teal alignment extends the roadway south of US 380 and east of the McKinney National Airport.

This teal alignment was sent to the North Central Texas Council of Governments on April 24. Fuller said this alignment was also a conversation starter.

Fuller said he and city staff have been working on the new pink and yellow alignments. He added there is consensus from City Council on the teal alignment and council consensus to continue looking at and adjusting the teal alignment.

The town hall comes a week after TxDOT officials held public hearings about its recommended alignment for US 380 through Collin County. TxDOT officials said all viable options will be considered during the environmental study.

No decision is made, Fuller said.

"We are far from knowing what's happening," he added.

The alignments are expected to be voted on by council at a later date, and Fuller said he expects to have more town hall meetings and resident discussions in the meantime.

Comments about the alignment can be emailed to Fuller at [email protected] with the subject line "380."

"There is no option that will satisfy everyone," Fuller said.

But everyone has to look regionally at how to minimize the impact and make an alignment workable, Fuller added.

US 380 is a state highway, and TxDOT officials will select the best option for the roadway. Doing nothing to relieve congestion is still an option, according to TxDOT officials.

Construction on the nearly 33-mile roadway will not begin for another six to 10 years. The project could take 20 years to complete, according to TxDOT officials.

Prior to dirt turning, TxDOT will divide the road into independent projects and prioritize them. Then, an environmental study and design schematics will be done.

The environmental study looks at historic places, cemeteries and wetlands that might be affected by the alignment, TxDOT Public Information Officer Ryan LaFontaine said in a previous interview with Community Impact Newspaper.
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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