4 McKinney transportation projects to know about in August

Construction along Virginia Parkway is expected to be complete in September.

Construction along Virginia Parkway is expected to be complete in September.

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In August, crews will be working on the widening of Virginia Parkway, traffic signal installation and renovations to the bridge at Stonebridge Drive.


1. Virginia Parkway widening


Final stages of construction to widen Virginia Parkway will continue through August. Construction includes paving from Randy Lee Lane to US 75, driveway reconstruction, new signal equipment at Virginia and Randy Lee, sidewalk paving and work on the Wilson Creek bridge. Due to weather delays and utility conflicts, city staff predict the project will be substantially completed and open to traffic by September, with minor cleanup work occurring through October. Once complete, Virginia will be expanded from four lanes to six lanes between Ridge Road and US 75.
Timeline: March 2017-September 2019
Cost: $15 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments





2. Intersection improvements


In August, traffic signal equipment will continue being installed at the intersection of (A) US 380 and Hardin Boulevard. Also underway is the construction of 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 is expected to be complete in late August or early September. Once complete, construction crews will move to the intersection of (C) Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard, followed by (D) US 380 and Airport Drive.
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





3. Stonebridge Drive bridge renovations


Reconstruction of the bridge on Stonebridge Drive will continue through August as crews work to improve the bridge’s deck, sidewalks, railing and foundation supports. The bridge is expected to remain closed until October. During construction, Eldorado Parkway serves as the primary detour to Custer Road and Stonebridge north of Eldorado. In addition, businesses along Stonebridge east of Custer will remain accessible.
Timeline: March-October
Cost: $1.5 million
Funding source: city of McKinney






4. Walkability improvements


Sidewalk reconstruction is underway along Davis Street, and in August, crews will begin work on Church Street. Improvements to various walkways in and around downtown McKinney include 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. All locations are expected to be complete in spring 2020.
Timeline: June 2019-spring 2020
Cost: $2 million
Funding source: city of McKinney


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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