City looks to expand Collin McKinney Parkway, continue downtown accessibility improvements

McKinney City Council approved two transportation projects during a meeting June 18.

McKinney City Council approved two transportation projects during a meeting June 18.

McKinney residents can expect to see an expanded Collin McKinney Parkway and additional improvements to sidewalks, ramps and intersections in downtown McKinney in 2020.

This comes after McKinney City Council approved two resolutions related to transportation during a meeting June 18.

Collin McKinney Parkway

Council authorized the city manager to execute a contract for $865,000 with Kimley-Horn and Associates for engineering design services for Collin McKinney Parkway. The organization will design a four-lane road expanding Collin McKinney from Lake Forest Drive to Hardin Boulevard.

The project will also include a traffic signal at Hardin and Collin McKinney and a trail along the north side of Collin McKinney. Design work for this roadway will take 10 months to complete with construction beginning in 2020, said Nick Ataie, the city’s capital improvement project manager.

According to city documents, the city will not pay Kimley-Horn more than $995,000 for this project.

Accessibility improvements

A $455,750 contract with Teague Nall and Perkins for consulting engineering services for accessibility improvements was also approved during the meeting. The city will not pay Teague Nall and Perkins more than $500,000, according to city documents.

Accessibility improvements will take place along Kentucky Street from Forest Lane to Davis Street, Tennessee Street from Wilson Creek Parkway/Elm Street to Davis, Standifer Street from Tennessee to College Street, College from Standifer to Louisiana Street, and Louisiana and Virginia streets from Benge Street to Graves Street.

This project will also take 10 months to design with construction expected to begin in 2020, Ataie said.

Similar accessibility improvements began in June along Hunt, Lamar, Davis, Church, Kentucky and Tennessee streets. 

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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