New lighting has been added to Louisiana Street in downtown McKinney between Kentucky and Church streets. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper) HUNT ST.
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worked to ensure people could access businesses in downtown throughout construction, Main Street Program Director Amy Rosenthal said. This will again be ensured when Phase 2 of the
Just before dusk Oct. 22, McKinney o ! cials gathered to " ip the switch and “Light Up Louisiana” with the new festoon lighting and streetlights that were recently installed on Loui- siana Street between Kentucky Street and Church Street in downtown. In addition to the lighting, the project expanded the sidewalks on both sides of the street to help improve mobility. The infrastructure of the street was improved as well, Council Member Charlie Philips said. Construction was expected to start in spring 2020, but then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. After consideration, the city decided to move forward with the project, as there would be a reduced impact to tra ! c since most people were staying home at that time, Philips said. “We wanted to make sure that we got this completed so our businesses could have a tremendous holiday season in downtown,” he said. Each of the bulbs on the newly installed festoon lighting are indi- vidually programmable, Philips said, so that the city can create its own customized light show. The city and the contractors
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Starting in January, Phase 2 of the Light Up Louisiana Street project will get underway. The project will stretch from Tennessee to Hwy. 5 and will be broken into segments to complete similar goals, Rosenthal said. Infrastructure will be improved and replaced, and string lights, streetlights and wider sidewalks will be installed along the street and carried through- out the Louisiana corridor. “As everyone enjoys driving through downtown McKinney, they’ll get to experience the beautiful lights,” Rosenthal said. Construction will continue through next September, she said. Crews will keep at least one lane open to help provide a path for tra ! c traveling along the route, Rosenthal said. “It’s very important to everyone to have that access,” she said. “This is the highest-traveled corridor in the downtown area.”
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