Update: 2/6/12 — Crews began construction today of right- and left-turn lanes at the intersection of Virginia Parkway and Lake Forest Drive. These turn lanes will increase the efficiency of the intersection and reduce congestion during peak periods. Some lane closures will be necessary during construction, but will be limited to off-peak periods. However, please note that narrowed lanes and the simple presence of construction equipment may have an impact on traffic while this work proceeds. The work is anticipated to last two months at this location.
This intersection is the first of seven that are being improved along Virginia and Eldorado Parkways over the remainder of this year.
Weather permitting, the Texas Department of Transportation will close Wilmeth Road beginning Monday in order to begin the reconstruction of U.S. 75 at that location. The bridge is expected to be closed through June in order to demolish the bridge, build Wilmeth Road at grade through the intersection with U.S. 75, and then build the U.S. 75 overpass at Wilmeth Road.
In conjunction with the closure of Wilmeth, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 through 6 a.m. Saturday morning, both directions of U.S. 75 will be closed at Wilmeth for demolition of the bridge over the highway. The demolition of the bridge will continue over the frontage roads on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 beginning at 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
On Saturday, February 18, 2012 northbound U.S. 75 will be closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday morning for bridge beams to be set.
During the bridge closure, traffic will be detoured north and south along the U.S. 75 frontage roads, cross over the highway at the next crossing and return to Wilmeth. Westbound traffic on Wilmeth will travel north on the frontage road, cross over the highway at Bloomdale Road and then travel south back to Wilmeth. Eastbound traffic will travel south on the frontage road, make a U-turn U.S. 380 and then travel north back to Wilmeth.
Texas Sterling Construction Co. of Houston is the contractor on this $25 million project to reconstruct and widen U.S. 75 from four to eight mainlanes and six frontage road lanes between U.S. 380 and Bloomdale Road in McKinney.
This is one of five projects either underway, nearing completion or just starting up on the Central Expressway corridor through McKinney from SH 121 to Melissa Road. This project is expected to be substantially complete in the fall of 2012.
Message boards will be placed before major lane closures begin to notify drivers of the closures.
TxDOT would like to thank area drivers for their patience and cooperation as crews work diligently to complete this vital project as soon, and as safely, as possible.
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