Wilmeth Road to be expanded in McKinney and more transportation updates to know in December

There are several road projects in progress in McKinney during the month of December. (Courtesy Fotolia)
There are several road projects in progress in McKinney during the month of December. (Courtesy Fotolia)

There are several road projects in progress in McKinney during the month of December. (Courtesy Fotolia)

There are several ongoing projects and an upcoming transportation project to know about in McKinney during December.

Ongoing projects

1. Virginia Parkway widening

Crews have been working since July to widen Virginia Parkway to provide three travel lanes in each direction. Construction has been taking place between Custer Road and St. Gabriel Way/South Ballantrae Drive to widen the roadway within the existing median. Dedicated right-turn lanes are also being constructed at various cross streets, and improvements are being made at the intersection at Custer and Virginia. Since most of the new paving will be placed in the existing median, existing trees that will need to be removed will be replaced at the end of construction along with additional median landscaping, McKinney Capital Improvements Manager Nick Ataie said. Drivers should expect minor delays as construction will require daily lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Timeline: July 2021-early spring 2022


Construction cost: $3 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

2. White Avenue improvements

Major concrete street reconstruction began in late November along White Avenue between Graves Street and North Tennessee Street. Major construction was able to begin as soon as the city’s contractor had completed the replacement of aging underground water and wastewater mains. The street’s reconstruction is estimated to take about five to six months to complete.

Timeline: November-May

Construction cost: $1.6 million

Funding source: city of McKinney

3. Custer Road widening

Work continues to widen FM 2478, also known as Custer Road, from two lanes to a four-lane divided roadway between US 380 and FM 1461. The road is being built with the capacity to eventually expand to six lanes. The contractor has paved two main lanes from the Lowe’s at US 380 to FM 1461. Concrete removal is ongoing at US 380 for a new tie-in to Custer. Crews are also completing the pavements on the Wilson Creek Bridge. Concrete has been poured in this area. The storm drain system is now being installed, after which Phase II work will begin.

Timeline: January 2021-December 2022

Construction cost: $28 million

Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

Upcoming project

4. Wilmeth Road expansion

The city of McKinney has plans to expand Wilmeth Road between Lake Forest Drive and Hardin Boulevard. Construction on this project is expected to begin in early 2022. During the project, crews will build two travel lanes in each direction, including multilane roundabouts at Lake Forest, Hardin and Taylor Burk Drive, McKinney Capital Improvements Manager Nick Ataie said. When construction of the roundabout at Lake Forest and Wilmeth begins, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction along both streets. This will be one of the first phases of construction. Traffic changes at this intersection are expected to last six months, Ataie said.

Timeline: February 2022-early 2024

Construction cost (estimated): $19 million

Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County

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.