Recently completed: Louisiana Street improvements

Work has been substantially completed for improvements to Louisiana Street in downtown McKinney.

Construction in downtown has been focused on two areas: Louisiana Street from Church Street to Kentucky Street, and Louisiana from Tennessee Street to SH 5. Work included a new underground utility infrastructure, designated loading zones, wider pathways, refreshed landscaping and festoon lighting. The city-funded project cost $4.9 million.

The project, branded as “Light Up Louisiana,” reached completion of its first phase in October 2020. The section of the street between Church Street and Kentucky Street in Downtown McKinney received similar upgrades, with lighting, infrastructure improvements and widened sidewalks.

A project completion celebration was held Sept. 10.

Ongoing project: Ridge Road extension

Construction has officially broken ground for the planned extension of Ridge Road from US 380 north to the intersection with Wilmeth Road. Work will primarily focus on improving vehicle mobility in this area since this corridor is fast-growing and seeing increased traffic demands from US 380. This project will also include a gateway bridge crossing Wilson Creek and the city’s first multilane roundabout intersection at Wilmeth and Ridge. Traffic may be detoured and lane closures could be seen along Wilmeth, CR 124 and CR 161 later this year through mid-2022.

Timeline: September 2021-late 2022

Cost: $18 million

Funding source: city of McKinney