Transportation Updates

Transportation Updates

Park Boulevard-Independence Parkway repairs

The project to improve the intersection at Park Boulevard and Independence Parkway is nearing completion. Construction to add right-hand turn lanes southbound on Independence Parkway and eastbound on Park Boulevard are expected to be complete by
June 26, followed by sidewalk installations and utility relocations. All work on the intersection is expected to be complete by August.

Timeline: November 2014-August 2015
Cost: $1.9 million
Funding sources: City of Plano, Collin County

Windhaven Parkway widening

Two widening projects along Windhaven Parkway are underway. Construction crews are creating a six-lane divided thoroughfare from Gentle Way to Parkwood Boulevard. Crews are also working on a four-lane widening project on Windhaven Parkway from Parkwood Boulevard to West Spring Creek Parkway. Lane closures will take place during nonpeak hours.

Timeline: June 2015-April 2016
Cost: $3.4 million
Funding sources: City of Plano, Texas Department of Transportation

Midway Road repairs

One northbound lane and one southbound lane along Midway Road from West Spring Creek Parkway to West Parker Road will be closed for concrete repairs. Work is expected to be completed by the end of July, weather permitting. Upon completion of this phase, construction crews will continue the repair work moving southward to Park Boulevard.

Timeline: June - November 2015
Cost: $990,000
Funding sources: City of Plano, Collin County


Drivers on April 8 parked outside Medical City Plano and honked, flashed lights and cheered for health care workers as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus continued their climb in the region. (Courtesy Medical City Plano)
Medical City Plano holds rallies to support health workers

Drivers parked outside the hospital and honked, flashed lights and cheered for the health care workers at Medical City Plano.

Texas Central claims the $12 billion construction process would be privately funded, and the train would transport 6 million annual riders by 2029. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators request federal officials halt activity on Texas Central's high-speed rail project

Dozens of elected officials representing Texas requested the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao put an end to activity related to Texas Central’s high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.

Venue Verona Villa is located on Dallas Parkway. (Courtesy Verona Villa)
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Superintendent Sara Bonser has asked for new authority to make quicker decisions as Plano ISD navigates student needs during the coronavirus closures. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano ISD empowers superintendent to make purchases, take other steps in swift response to remote learning needs

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Area chief appraisers struggle to meet tax calendar deadlines under stay-at-home orders

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Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Bendt Distilling Co. is making free hand sanitizer for the community and first responders. (Courtesy Bendt Distilling Co.)
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Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

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Plano ISD trustees on March 15 agreed to continue paying district employees as schools close in response to new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. (Daniel Houston/Community Impact Newspaper)
Update: Plano ISD cancels comprehensive exams, adopts new grading rules during coronavirus closures

Plano ISD schools will cancel comprehensive exams for most classes at all grade levels as part of a new series of grading guidelines adopted this week.

Follow the latest news in Plano regarding the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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