4 McKinney transportation projects to know about in April

Transportation projects taking place in McKinney in April include the widening of Virginia Parkway, intersection improvements and the widening of Trinity Falls Parkway.

1. Virginia Parkway widening

Construction along Virginia Parkway continues in April between Bellegrove Drive and US 75. Outside lanes will be closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during construction.
When complete, Virginia between Ridge Road and US 75 will be widened from a four-lane road to a six-lane road.
Timeline: March 2017-late spring 2019
Cost: $15 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments

2. Redbud Boulevard widening

Two additional travel lanes are being constructed along Redbud Boulevard between McLarry Drive and Bloomdale Road. Redbud will be a four-lane divided roadway once complete.
Timeline: October-July
Cost: $1.6 million
Funding source: city of McKinney

3. Intersection improvements

Construction will continue through July at the intersections of (A) US 380 and Airport Drive, (B) US 380 and Hardin Boulevard, (C) Virginia Parkway and Ridge Road, and (D) Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard. In April, improvements at US 380 and Hardin will begin. Improvements include additional right- or left-turn lanes, updated signage and traffic signal modifications.
Timeline: April-December
Cost: $1.6 million
Funding source: city of McKinney

4. Traffic signal installation

Signal installation at the intersection of (A) Custer Road and Silverado Trail is expected to begin mid- to late-April. Crews will also install traffic signals at (B) Hardin Boulevard and Winding Brook Drive and (C) Ridge Road and Habersham Way in April. Signals installations at (D) Independence Parkway and Westridge Boulevard are also underway.
Timeline: December-summer
Cost: $1.3 million
Funding source: city of McKinney

5. Trinity Falls Parkway widening

In April, construction will continue on Trinity Falls Parkway. Trinity Falls is being widened from a two-lane road to a four-lane, divided roadway between Laud Howell Parkway to FM 543. One lane of traffic traveling either way will remain open during construction. No long-term lane closures are expected to occur, but drivers should expect traffic shifts during construction.
Timeline: February 2019-early 2020
Cost: $10 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, developers

By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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