TxDOT proposes new route for US Highway 380

Motorists who use US 380 from Hunt County to the McKinney and Dallas area have always had a fairly direct path between locations.

But the proposed re-routing of the highway would significantly change the direction of traffic and take motorists on a winding path through northern Collin County and the city of Prosper.

The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled two in-person public hearings and an online public hearing on plans to build a new segment of U.S. 380 from Coit Road in Dallas and an existing highway around McKinney North connecting to the existing one. US 380 near FM 1827, east of McKinney.

This month, TxDOT released a notice that a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was available for review.

The purpose of the hearing is to present DEIS and an updated blueprint for the Blue Alternative, which has been identified as the preferred alternative to TxDOT. The preferred alternative links segments A, E and C.

Hearings in person are scheduled for February 16 at 5:30 pm at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney and at February 21 at 5:30 pm at the gymnasium of Rhea’s Mill Baptist Church in McKinney. The virtual hearing will be available February 16 at 5:30 pm until March 21, 2023 at 11:59 pm at www.keepitmovingdallas.com/US380EIS.

The TxDOT announcement indicated that the proposed project would provide a new site, an eight-lane controlled-access freeway, and two-lane one-way roads on each side.

The goal of the project is to deal with congestion and improve east-west mobility and security throughout the area.

The proposed project, subject to final design considerations, would require the acquisition of additional right of way and the potential relocation of 22 residences and 35 businesses.

The proposed project will include wetland construction and floodplain and flood action.

In the summer of 2013, TxDOT completed a $380 expansion project in Hunt County.

Work to widen the highway from two to four lanes through Hunt County began in the fall of 2007.

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