U.S. 380 Feasibility Study
U.S. 380 Feasibility Study by the Texas Department of Transportation Q & A
1. What is the purpose of the study?
This study analyzes potential roadway alternatives for improving long-term mobility on U.S. 380. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is evaluating options for conversion of U.S. 380 to a limited-access freeway facility along the existing alignment and areas of new alignments, through Collin County from the Denton County line to the Hunt County line. The study acknowledges that the existing vehicle capacity along U.S. 380 is inadequate for expected growth in the region, including Collin County, and that conversion of U.S. 380 to a freeway facility provides the best long-term solution for enhanced safety, reduced congestion, increased regional mobility and support of future economic growth.
2. Who is responsible for the study and when did it start?
A previous study known as the AECOM U.S. 380 Feasibility Study was initiated in 2015 by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and was intended to study potential short-term and long-term improvements along the U.S. 380 corridor spanning the Denton County Line to FM 1827, based on the corridor being identified as a “Regionally Significant Arterial” in the Mobility 2040 Plan produced by the North Central Texas Council Of Governments (NCTCOG), our regional metropolitan planning organization. This previous study concluded that conversion of U.S. 380 to a freeway facility provided the best mobility and safety, but additional studies would be necessary to further evaluate the economic, environmental, right-of-way, and traffic impacts of potential freeway improvements. A resolution by the McKinney City Council on May 3, 2016, stated, “The City of McKinney does not support the conversion of U.S. 380 to a Limited Access Roadway because the significant amount of ROW needed for this conversion will adversely impact many businesses and approved planned development currently along the corridor.”
In early 2017, the NCTCOG presented the “Collin County Roadway Action Plan” to identify potential future regional transportation corridors within Collin County. This plan identified U.S. 380 as a significant corridor and also included a conceptual bypass alignment of U.S. 380 through a portion of the City of McKinney.
The current U.S. 380 feasibility study was officially initiated by TxDOT in mid-2017 and includes evaluation of potential alternative U.S. 380 alignments through the City of McKinney in addition to the existing U.S. 380 alignment. TxDOT is currently working with all impacted stakeholders (NCTCOG, Collin County, Impacted Municipalities, and Residents) to evaluate all potential options.
3. Where can I get more information about the study, see proposed alignments or receive notifications regarding future study efforts or public input?
Find general information including previous studies, current study documents and exhibits, prior public meetings and upcoming public meetings on the TxDOT website. Any additional information not provided on this page can be requested from the TxDOT project team led by Stephen Endres, P.E., 214-320-4469.
4. What is the City of McKinney’s position on the alignments, including alternative alignments, provided by TxDOT?
The McKinney City Council has not taken a formal position on any of the alignments provided by TxDOT to date. Before the current study began, a previous resolution passed by the McKinney City Council on May 3, 2016, stated city opposition to conversion of the existing U.S. 380 corridor to a freeway. As the study progresses and more information, including assessment of alignment impacts and citizen comments, is provided to the city by the TxDOT study team, the City Council will be able to take a more formal position. On July 25, 2018, the city submitted a letter to TxDOT that included comments and concerns for potential improvements to both the existing U.S. 380 corridor and any alternative-alignment U.S. 380 corridors. The city continues to engage the TxDOT study team and other stakeholders to provide the most viable solution for both the City of McKinney and the region.
5. When will the study be complete?
The overall schedule for completion of the study has not been provided by TxDOT. Further public meetings will likely be scheduled by TxDOT through the remainder of 2018, pushing the estimated completion of the study into 2019.
6. What will happen after the study is completed?
The city anticipates that the study, once completed, will provide a recommended U.S. 380 alignment through Collin County. Upon completion of the study and identification of a preferred corridor and alignment, TxDOT will begin more in-depth environmental analysis, further public involvement, schematic design, right-of-way mapping and detailed design. It is important to note that the planning and design of any improvements will take a significant amount of time to complete and no funding has currently been identified for construction.
7. How would any selected U.S. 380 alignment affect future land use and associated development within the City of McKinney?
When TxDOT initiated the U.S. 380 feasibility study, the City of McKinney immediately recognized that regardless of which specific alignment was eventually selected, the new highway would have significant impacts on land use patterns and development pressures within the community. The city wanted to ensure that the One McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan would remain current and responsive to community needs once a final route was determined, necessitating a future land use plan that could respond appropriately to whichever alignment was ultimately chosen. To realize this goal, the city took a proactive approach to the planning process by reaching out to the community to gather public input on how the Future Land Use Plan might change under each of the alignment options. The feedback that was received was then used to create alternate future land use maps for each option, which have been included in the appendix of the Draft One McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This ensures that no matter which alignment is ultimately selected, the city will have a map and a plan in place that respond appropriately, without the need for a new comprehensive plan or significant plan update.