Virginia Parkway and intersection improvements: McKinney transportation projects taking place in July

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Here are two transportation projects taking place in July.

1. Virginia Parkway widening

Construction is underway to expand Virginia Parkway from four lanes to six lines between Ridge Road and US 75. Final stages of the project have begun, including paving from Randy Lee Lane to US 75, driveway reconstruction, new signal equipment at Virginia and Randy Lee, and the completion of work on the Wilson Creek bridge.

Due to weather delays and franchise utility conflicts, city staff predicts the project will be completed in August instead of July.

Timeline: March 2017-September 2019
Cost: $15 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments

2. Intersection improvements

Construction will continue in July at the intersection of (A) US 380 and Hardin Boulevard as traffic signal equipment is installed. Also underway is a second southbound turn lane at the intersection of (B) Virginia Parkway and Ridge Road. Work on both intersections will have minimal effects on traffic and are expected to be complete in late summer.

Construction at (C) Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard will begin in late summer followed by (D) US 380 and Airport Drive. Improvements at these intersections are expected to be complete by the end of the year. Improvements include additional right- or left-turn lanes, updated signage and traffic signal modifications.

Timeline: April-late 2019
Cost: $1.6 million
Funding source: city of McKinney

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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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