UNDERWAY IMPROVEMENTS Work began in April in Denton County to widen US 380 from Frisco to I-35 in Denton. It is projected to last three years.
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Five overpass bridges at key intersections in Frisco and Denton County aim to increase mobility.
PROPOSED TYPICAL SECTION US 380 will be widened to six lanes with a raised median.
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With the construction of major develop- ments, including the West Grove mixed- use development in McKinney and the PGA Frisco headquarters along the US 380 corridor, officials say expanding the roadway is imperative when combined with explosive population growth. Collin County Commissioner Darrell Hale, whose precinct includes McKin- ney, said US 380 is a huge connector for McKinney residents and other area drivers to travel east and west through Collin and Denton counties. “We have no other east-west highway that is untolled,” Hale said. “Some kind of capacity improvement for US 380 is definitely needed.” The $140 million Texas Department of Transportation project includes wid- ening US 380 from US 377 to just west of the Collin County Line in Frisco. Five bridges will also be constructed at key intersections along the corridor. Work also began last year on a $20.6 million project to add a raised median with left- and right-turn lanes from Loop 288 to the US 377 and US 380 inter- section in Denton. Both segments of work are expected to be complete in 2025, officials said. Denton County Commissioner Ryan Williams, whose precinct includes Frisco, said improving US 380 has “been long overdue.” “We have experienced an amazing amount of growth along [US] 380, and
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more is coming. Widening [US] 380 first and foremost makes this a safer high- way and will undoubtedly save lives,” he said. “Beyond that, it will save our residents a lot of valuable time getting to and from work and play.” A ‘critical’ corridor Out of more than 1,800 roadways measured in Texas, a 2021 study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute ranked US 380 from US 377 to the Dallas North Tollway as the 43rd most con- gested roadway in the state. US 380 carries about 46,000 cars a day, per TxDOT data. This is almost as much as I-35W in Denton, which experi- ences about 48,000 cars a day. Officials said the road is used to help people across the region get to and from work as well as access businesses and services. “People are coming to Collin County to work and then leaving and going home into other counties,” Hale said. Hale said he has spent years hearing
people have “near continuous” discus- sions about the problems on US 380. And traffic is expected to increase. The new PGA headquarters in Frisco is opening later this year and will be located off US 380, west of the Dallas North Tollway. The first tournament will be held next year, and the Frisco Senior PGA championship will be held in 2027, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said. “We’re going to need the ability to move hundreds and thousands of peo- ple … to host these types of events,” Cheney said. “[US] 380 and that infra- structure being complete is a critical component.” A McKinney project coming to US 380 and Custer Road is West Grove, a 52-acre, 600,000-square-foot retail, dining, office, residential and entertain- ment mixed-use destination. The area overall is also increasing in population. Between 2010 and 2020, Denton County grew more than 36%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Collin County’s population is
expanding even faster, growing almost 42% in that same time frame. TxDOT studies show the population in the area of US 380 from I-35 to the Collin County Line has grown 92% from 2010-20 and is expected to continue to rise at a rapid pace, contributing to the need to enhance US 380 at the Collin County line. Work being done Crews are working to build an addi- tional travel lane in each direction from US 377 to the county line, add a raised median to reduce crossover accidents and also build five grade-separated interchanges. These will be constructed at Navo Road, FM 720, FM 423, Teel Parkway and Legacy Parkway. “[The interchanges create] a ‘super street’ that is the next classification of roadway below a freeway,” Williams said. Construction will be divided into three phases, with each phase set to last about a year, TxDOT Public Information
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