Intersection improvements and more: McKinney transportation projects happening in September

Drivers can expect to see construction work on Virginia and Trinity Falls parkways in the month of September. Construction crews will also work to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Custer Road and Silverado Trail.

1. Virginia Parkway widening

Construction to widen Virginia Parkway from a four-lane roadway to a six-lane roadway between Ridge Road and US 75 is expected to wrap up this month. In September, crews will finish paving from Randy Lee Lane to US 75, installing traffic signal equipment, sidewalk paving and work on Wilson Creek bridge. All lanes along Virginia are anticipated to be open by the end of September. Minor work, not including any major lane closures, will continue through October.
Timeline: March 2017-September 2019
Cost: $15 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, Collin County, North Central Texas Council of Governments

2. Trinity Falls Parkway widening

In September, construction crews will begin paving the northbound lanes of Trinity Falls Parkway. Following the completion of northbound lanes, paving will begin on southbound lanes in October or November. During this time, traffic will be directed to use the new lanes. Once complete, Trinity Falls will be widened from a two-lane road to a four-lane road from Laud Howell Parkway to FM 543.
Timeline: February 2019-early 2020
Cost: $10 million
Funding sources: city of McKinney, developers

3. Traffic signal installation

Construction to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of A Custer Road and Silverado Trail will continue through September. The signal is expected to be operational by late September or early October. Traffic signal installation is also underway at the intersections of B Hardin Boulevard and Winding Brook Drive as well as C Ridge Road and Habersham Way. In September, traffic signal installation is expected to start at D US 380 and Airport Drive and E  Custer Road and Westridge Boulevard.
Timeline: December-October
Cost: $1.3 million
Funding source: city of McKinney


4. Walkability improvements

Pedestrian improvements will continue to take place on Church Street through September. Minor lane closures, temporary parking restrictions and detours are expected while construction is underway. 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 around 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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