Intersection improvements and more: 4 McKinney transportation projects taking place in March


McKinney transportation projects taking place in March include work along Sam Rayburn Tollway and Virginia Parkway.

1. Traffic signal installations

Construction crews have begun traffic signal installations at (A) Independence Parkway and Westridge Boulevard, (B) Ridge Road and Habersham Way, and (C) Hardin Boulevard and Winding Brook Drive. In March, installations will take place at (D) Custer Road and Silverado Trail. All four traffic signals are expected to be installed by July.
Timeline: December 2018-July 2019
Cost: $700,000
Funding source: city of McKinney

2. Virginia Parkway widening

In March, bridge work will continue along Virginia Parkway at the Wilson Creek bridge. Paving additional lanes in both directions of Virginia from Bellegrove Drive to US 75 will also continue. Outside lane closures are expected to take place daily between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

When complete, this project will include new lanes in the eastbound and westbound directions of Virginia.
Timeline: March 2017-April 2019
Cost: $15 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments

3. Sam Rayburn Tollway widening

Work has begun on Sam Rayburn Tollway from Hardin Boulevard to US 75. Crews are excavating and removing materials in the center median in preparation for the addition of a new lane in each direction of the tollway. All work will be done in the median between concrete barriers.

The entire 26-mile project includes a new lane in each direction of the toll road from west of Denton Tap Road in Coppell to US 75 in McKinney. Construction is expected to continue through late 2021.
Timeline: January 2019-late 2021 (entire project)
Cost: $200 million
Funding source: North Texas Tollway Authority

4. Intersection improvements

Intersection improvements will begin in March at (A) US 380 and Hardin Boulevard. Improvements at (B) US 380 and Airport Drive, (C) Virginia Parkway and Ridge Road, and (D) Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard will take place later in the year.

Improvements include additional right- or left-turn lanes, updated signage and traffic signal modifications.
Timeline: March-late fall
Cost: $1.6 million
Funding source: city of McKinney

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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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