U.S. 75 – SH 121 TRAFFIC ALERT: Parts of US 75 and SH 121 to close overnight in Melissa

COLLIN COUNTY – The northbound and southbound main lanes of US 75 will be closed tonight from Melissa Road to FM 543, in order for workers to install support beams for the Telephone Road bridge. Traffic will be rerouted onto the frontage road.

Once the first set of beams are installed and the US 75 main lanes are reopened, additional beams will be added to another span of the bridge, forcing the closure of the SH 121 direct connect, both north and southbound.

The closure is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Electronic message boards will mark detours. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to seek an alternate route.

Chris Hill: Road work on U.S. 75, passport day

From County Commissioner Chris Hill

TxDOT: US Highway 75 Overnight Closures Next Week
As part of the ongoing TxDOT project to widen U.S. 75 from the Sam Rayburn Tollway to White Avenue in McKinney, the following closures are necessary:

Monday night, March 4, 2013
Closed from 9 pm until 6 am

The two main lanes of U.S. 75 southbound will be closed overnight for asphalt repair work. Beginning at 9 pm, all southbound main lane traffic will be directed to exit to the southbound frontage road just north of U.S. 380. Motorists will not have the opportunity to re-enter the southbound main lanes until just south of Eldorado Parkway. This will not affect northbound traffic. The date for this work is tentative depending upon the weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

As a reminder, this TxDOT construction project to widen U.S. 75 to four main lanes in each direction and three frontage road lanes in each direction will provide much needed extra capacity to the roadway. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2015.

Passport Day in Collin County

The Collin County District Clerk’s Office is hosting a special passport event at the McKinney office on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

District Clerk Andrea S. Thompson said the Saturday passport fair is a great time to renew or get a new passport for any planned summer travel.

“Applying now can really help avoid any last-minute rush or worry over getting your passports for this summer,” she said. “And the Saturday hours mean parents don’t have to take the kids out of school to apply.”

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

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Road work on Preston

As part of TxDOT’s widening project, Preston Road will be closed between Rockhill Road in Frisco and Prosper Trail in Prosper on Saturday night, Feb. 4. In addition, US 380 will be detoured around the Preston Road bridge, causing delays. The road closures start at 8 p.m. Saturday night and will reopen by 9 a.m. Sunday morning, Feb. 5. The specific closures and detours are described below.

Northbound Preston Road will be closed at Rockhill Road in Frisco. During this closure, northbound traffic will be detoured east on Rockhill Road, north on Coit Road, and then west on US 380 to return to Preston Road. Detour signs will be posted.

Southbound Preston Road will be closed at Prosper Trail in Prosper. Only local Prosper traffic will be allowed south of Prosper Trail, but through traffic will be detoured west on Prosper Trail, south on Dallas Parkway, and then east on US 380 to return to Preston Road. Detour signs will be posted.

All traffic on westbound US 380 will have to turn right at the northbound Preston Road frontage road and then make a u-turn onto the southbound Preston Road frontage road to return to US 380. Detour signs will be posted. Motorists wanting to go north on Preston Road will be able to continue north on Preston Road without making the u-turn.

All traffic on eastbound US 380 will have to turn right at the southbound Preston Road frontage road and then make a u-turn onto the northbound Preston Road frontage road to return to US 380. Detour signs will be posted. Motorists wanting to go south on Preston Road will be able to continue south on Preston Road without making the u-turn.

Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction zone.

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Road work on U.S. 75 from 380 to 121

Preparations have begun to reconstruct U.S. 75 (Central Expressway) between Spur 399 (SH 121) and U.S. 380. Orange flags and cones marking utilities to be relocated along the frontage roads signal the start of the four-year project to rebuild Central Expressway.The Contractor, W.W. Webber, LLC, is expected to occupy the corridor.

The $106 million project will add two lanes in each direction on the mainlanes and one in each direction on the frontage roads giving the highway a total of eight mainlanes and six frontage road lanes. This will add needed capacity in anticipation of staying ahead of the explosive growth in population in Collin County.Listed as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Collin County grew by more than 61% between 2000 and 2009.

“Frisco and McKinney are two of the fastest growing cities in the nation and the challenge to meet transportation needs has never been greater,” said Barry Heard, P.E., Collin County Interim Area Engineer.

During construction, motorists can expect various mainlane closures during weekdays and some weekends. Several bridges on the project will be demolished and rebuilt. This will necessitate closing mainlanes of traffic and diverting traffic onto frontage roads past the bridge work to the next highway entrance. Every consideration will be given to maintaining traffic flow and to the safety of the traveling public.

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 summer of 2015.

Message boards will be placed before major lane closures begin to notify drivers.

Road work on SRT exit ramps

From Matt Shaheen
County Commissioner

On the night of Saturday, May 21, crews constructing the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) / Dallas North Tollway (DNT) interchange will reconfigure the traffic patterns at two SRT exit ramps in order to complete critical work on the project.

– The southwest bound SRT exit ramp to Legacy Drive will reopen after a long term closure that allowed crews to build new bridge support structures.

– The southwest bound SRT exit ramp to Parkwood Boulevard will close for approximately three months so that the contractor may build similar bridge support structures in that location.

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