Meeting set for Aug. 13 to discuss improvements to Louisiana Street in downtown McKinney

Construction along Louisiana Street is expected to begin in summer 2020.

Construction along Louisiana Street is expected to begin in summer 2020.

The city of McKinney is preparing for infrastructure improvements in downtown and is looking for public input.

A meeting to discuss improvements along Louisiana, Tennessee and Johnson streets will take place Aug. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.

Construction work on Louisiana Street will span from Church to Kentucky streets and Tennessee Street to SH 5. Planned work will include various infrastructure improvements, including street paving, lighting, utilities, pedestrian walkability, landscaping and hardscaping. Concept plans for this project will be presented Aug. 13.

Construction on Louisiana Street is expected to begin in summer 2020, said Nick Ataie, capital improvements manager for the city's development services.

The goal is to improve and promote walkability in the downtown area and replace aging infrastructure, Ataie said.

During the meeting, the city will also gather feedback on future projects along Tennessee Street from Davis to Virginia streets and along Johnson Street from Davis to Virginia streets. Ataie said this project is not currently funded.

Representatives with McKinney Main Street, the city's engineering department and design consultants will present project information and answer questions about the two projects during the meeting. After the meeting, exhibits for the projects will be available on the city's website.

The following map shows where construction will take place. Roads in red will begin in summer 2020. Roads in blue are unfunded projects.



Questions about the projects can be directed to Blake Sills with the city of McKinney. Sills can be reached at bsills@mckinneytexas.org or 972-547-3489.
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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