Virginia Parkway, intersection improvements and more: McKinney transportation projects taking place in June

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Transportation projects in June include the widening of Trinity Falls Parkway and improvements to downtown McKinney.

1. Virginia Parkway widening

The final stages of construction along Virginia Parkway include paving from Randy Lee Lane to US 75. Paving work in June includes driveway reconstruction and new signal equipment at the intersection of Virginia and Randy Lee, and finishing work on the Wilson Creek Bridge. Due to weather delays and franchise utility conflicts, the majority of construction is expected to be completed in late August instead of July.
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-July 2019
Cost: $15 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments

2. Trinity Falls Parkway widening

In June, construction will continue on underground utilities adjacent to Trinity Falls Parkway. During construction, at least one lane will remain open in each direction. Once complete, Trinity Falls will be widened from a two-lane road to a four-lane road between Laud Howell Parkway and FM 543. No long-term lane closures are expected to take place, but drivers should expect traffic shifts during construction.
Timeline: February 2019-early 2020
Cost: $10 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, developers

3. Intersection improvements

Installation of new signal equipment is underway at the intersection of (A) US 380 and Hardin Boulevard. In June, construction of a second southbound turn lane will start at (B) Virginia Parkway and Ridge Road. Improvements at (C) US 380 and Airport Drive and (D) Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard are expected to begin in late summer.
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. Downtown walkability improvements

Improvements of various walkways in and around downtown McKinney are set to begin in June. Construction includes updated sidewalks, ramps and intersection improvements along Hunt, Lamar, Davis, Church, Kentucky and Tennessee streets. Work will also be done at areas surrounding Mitchell Park.
Timeline: June 2019-early 2020
Cost: $2 million
Funding source: city of McKinney

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that construction on Virginia Parkway is expected to be complete in August, instead of July, due to weather delays.

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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. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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