have begun the preliminary phase on the Outer Loop project from I-35 to the Denton County/Collin County line, Wil- liams said. In addition, Collin County is finish- ing a north-south highway study on the east side of the county, which examines whether Collin County needs one or two northbound highways in that area. “It’s all tied in together with [US] 380 being the first domino to fall,” Hale said. At the meeting, TxDOT officials said projections show that by 2045, if no additional improvements are made to the US 380 study area beyond the in-progress project, congestion is expected to increase more than 200%. That is three times what was experi- enced in 2020, the presentation stated. Cheney said he expects the bridges in the ongoing project to “signifi- cantly” help traffic flow not only in Frisco, but also surrounding cities. Fuller said no matter what happens with US 380, it needs to be viewed holistically since it is a crucial corri- dor for the region. “That is why it is a state road,” he said.
median, Sloan said. “Each phase will focus on working on the entire span of the project at once,” Sloan said in an email. “Intermittent lane closures and reductions of lanes on the cross streets can be expected, but there will be no long-term reduction to the number of lanes of US 380 during construction.” Connection to Collin County plans There are several projects planned to relieve traffic on US 380. While the US 380 construction in Denton County widens the road into Frisco, future plans are in place to create a freeway bypass through Collin County. The bypass would start at US 380 on the west side of the city and travel north of the roadway up to US 75 before heading back southward to connect with US 380 again. Another project in Collin County, the Outer Loop, is proposed to extend east from the Denton County and Col- lin County line, then south to Rockwall County. One of the main problems with US 380 is that it was constructed to function as a high-speed rural road, Sloan said. But that is no longer how the roadway is being used. “This reconstruction will update the roadway to operate as an urban section
that will better serve how US 380 is being used today,” Sloan said in her email. Similar work to upgrade US 380 in Collin County from a rural roadway to an urban one was completed in 2017 between Coit Road and Custer Road, TxDOT Public Information Officer Mad- ison Schein said. The improvement project in Denton County will match the improvements that were made on the Collin County side of the road, while also tying into future projects, such as the Collin County bypass around US 380. At an April meeting, McKinney City Council passed a resolution that favored an alignment for the bypass that travels into the city of Prosper. However, Pros- per officials favor a different alignment that travels into McKinney. Meanwhile, Collin County commissioners passed a resolution saying the existing alignment for US 380 is best. TxDOT is scheduled to identify a pre- ferred US 380 bypass alternative and fur- ther develop its schematic design by the end of the year. This will be presented at a public hearing in early 2023. The road ahead There is more that needs to be done to relieve congestion on US 380, Hale said. This includes the county’s Outer Loop. Denton County commissioners
This project to improve US 380 will take three years in three phases. December 2014 The Texas Department of Transportation begins study to improve road June 2018 Project is approved June 2020 Construction bids received April 2022 Phase 1 begins and traffic switches to north side of road as work begins on the south side Spring 2023 Phase 2 begins; traffic switches to south side and work starts on north side Spring 2023 Phase 3 begins; crews work on grade separations and raised medians Spring 2025 Expected to be complete
SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Officer Kendall Kirkham Sloan said. In the first phase that began April 20, traffic switched to the north side of US 380 as crews work on the south side of the road. In the second phase this will alternate, with traffic on the south side. The final phase will consist of grade sep- arations and construction of the raised
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