A multilane roundabout and 2 more road projects to follow in 2021

Byron Nelson Boulevard, or Business 114, will be closed Jan. 29 and reduced to one lane Feb. 1 as part of a Texas Department of Transportation project on US 377. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Byron Nelson Boulevard, or Business 114, will be closed Jan. 29 and reduced to one lane Feb. 1 as part of a Texas Department of Transportation project on US 377. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Byron Nelson Boulevard, or Business 114, will be closed Jan. 29 and reduced to one lane Feb. 1 as part of a Texas Department of Transportation project on US 377. (Courtesy Fotolia)



Ridge Road extension in 2021 to include city’s first multi-lane roundabout

In April, crews will begin work to extend Ridge Road from US 380 to Wilmeth Road. The road will be built as a four-lane divided roadway, officials said.

Work to extend the road will include the construction of the city’s first multilane roundabout intersection, which will be set at Ridge and Wilmeth.

The city’s master thoroughfare plan includes a framework for roadways that support growth and development, and extending Ridge Road will help improve mobility options in the fast-growing areas, McKinney Capital Improvements Manager Nicholas Ataie said in an email.


Construction is expected to take 15 months to complete and cost $17 million, Ataie said.

“While roundabouts are not new to the area, these larger multilane roundabouts will require some additional attention and caution by drivers to markings, signs, and to yield to nonvehicular traffic,” Ataie said.

Extension of Collin McKinney Parkway to begin this spring

A project to extend Collin McKinney Parkway with a new segment is set to begin this spring, officials said. Crews will extend the road from where it terminates at Lake Forest Drive to Hardin Boulevard.

The road will be constructed as a four-lane divided roadway, Ataie said. The project will also construct a bridge over Cottonwood Creek and install a new traffic signal at Hardin. The project is estimated to cost $9 million.

Wilmeth Road extension

The city of McKinney will work to connect Wilmeth Road from Lake Forest Drive, where it terminates, to Hardin Boulevard. The road will be constructed as a four-lane divided roadway. The project will include construction of a bridge structure over Franklin Branch, as well as three multilane roundabout intersections at Lake Forest Drive, County Road 943 and Hardin Boulevard. The project is currently in its design phase, and construction is expected to begin this spring.
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.