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McKinney TxDOT project could force residents to move

TxDOT is planning a new freeway to relieve traffic on Highway 380 from Prosper to McKinney, but nothing has been finalized yet. But the proposed freeway is causing problems for members of the community.

Earlier this month, TxDOT announced Blue Alternative as the leader to bypass US-380, but route C will force more than 20 homeowners and 35 business owners to relocate, according to NBCDFW. The 16-mile blue alternative will start at a new location at Coit Road and US-380, continue east and join existing US-380 near FM 1827.

“So segments are all variations of a piece of the puzzle. And then colors are corridor opportunities,” TxDOT spokeswoman Madison Shane told NBCDFW. “So you’ll hear the letters as people talk about the shorter part of this overall project.”

But those who would be forced to move do not feel they have a say in the project.

“Last week, we finally received an email from TxDOT saying that the US Highway 380 bypass will pass through our house and take over our house, our garage, our warehouse and my forge,” said one longtime resident.

The plan is not yet finalized and additional meetings will be held before a decision is made on the future of the project. While the City of McKinney will discuss the matter during a business meeting on Tuesday at 3:00 pm, the final decision will be made by TxDOT after public meetings.

The first in-person hearing is scheduled for February 16, 2023 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Collin County Courthouse Central Jury Room, located at 2100 Bloomdale Road, McKinney. There will also be a virtual meeting on February 16th for those unable to attend in person.

The second meeting will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on February 21 at the gymnasium of Rhea’s Mill Baptist Church, located at 5733 N. Custer Road in McKinney.

You can view the environmental impact study project here.

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