Transportation updates: 5 projects to watch in the McKinney area this October

The city of McKinney is making its way through several transportation projects. (Courtesy Fotolia)
The city of McKinney is making its way through several transportation projects. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The city of McKinney is making its way through several transportation projects. (Courtesy Fotolia)

1. ‘Light Up Louisiana’ downtown improvements

In September, crews completed the first phase of the “Light Up Louisiana” project, which included all major paving and construction from Church Street to Kentucky Street. Through October, the contractor will examine sidewalks and any remaining minor construction elements. At this time, new lights will also be placed and begin operating. From October through December, there will be no major construction. The second phase of the project will begin in early January. Visit www.mckinneytexas.org/louisiana for more updates and resources for visiting downtown McKinney.

Timeline: May-October (Phase 1), January-July 2021 (Phase 2)

Cost: $4.9 million

Funding source: city of McKinney


2. Stacy Road widening

Crews will begin work in late October to widen Stacy Road between Custer Road and Ridge Road. With the widening, crews will add a new travel lane in each direction within the existing median. A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Stacy and McKinney Ranch Parkway. No major traffic impact is expected for the month of October. Starting in November, however, drivers can look for intermittent lane closures throughout the project area.

Timeline: October 2020-October 2021

Cost: $6.2 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

3. Traffic signal installations

New traffic signal installations at A) Stacy Road and Collin McKinney Parkway and at B) Lake Forest Drive and Collin McKinney Parkway are nearing completion. The Stacy Road and Collin McKinney Parkway traffic signal is expected to start operating in mid-October. The Lake Forest Drive and Collin McKinney Parkway traffic signal is expected to start operating in late October or early November.

Timeline: April-November

Cost: $800,000

Funding source: city of McKinney

4. Airport Drive improvements

Construction of various improvements along Airport Drive between Industrial Boulevard and Harry McKillop Boulevard/FM 546 has been underway since April. During the month of October, Wattley Way, or the old FM 546, will be closed at Airport Drive with detour routes provided while remaining intersection improvements are constructed.

Timeline: April 2020-April 2021

Cost: $1.8 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

5. Intersection improvements

Construction is expected to begin in November for annual improvements to four major intersections: A) McKinney Ranch Parkway and Lake Forest Drive; B) Eldorado Parkway and Alma Road; C) Hardin Boulevard and White Avenue; and D) Virginia Parkway and Stonebridge Drive. The improvements will consist of the addition of new turn lanes and signal improvements.

Timeline: November 2020-November 2021

Cost: $2.4 million

Funding source: city of McKinney
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.