The McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to oppose the widening of Hwy. 380 at their recent board meeting.
The Chamber’s official position statement indicated the organization opposes the widening in place of US 380 and is urging officials from the Texas Department of Transportation to work closely with the City of McKinney to determine a bypass route that makes the most sense for our City and Regional future development.
“There are numerous short- and long-term negative impacts to our community if TxDOT decides to widen 380 in place,” said Chamber president & CEO Lisa Hermes. “Our Board has been closely monitoring the progress TxDOT has made in narrowing down the final proposed alignments. We’ve worked to listen to the concerns of the businesses impacted and have determined widening Hwy. 380 to be detrimental to the business community.”
Based on a grading chart released by TxDOT, more businesses would be displaced or negatively impacted by widening Hwy. 380.
“Those existing businesses include small businesses as well as new retail development and our largest employer in McKinney – Raytheon,” Hermes stated. “Raytheon has indicated that widening 380 would impede their operations. We serve as the voice of our diverse business community and through proper vetting and discussion, the conclusion is extremely clear that widening in place is the least optimal.
“In addition to the impact, we should also look at the cost of the projects,” she continued. “To look at the numbers TxDOT has released, widening in place is more expensive than other alternate routes. The state is tasked with balancing good use of tax dollars with increased demand for infrastructure. It doesn’t make sense to spend more tax dollars on a project that will hurt the largest amount of people and businesses.”
The Chamber did not take a position on a preferred alignment, but instead is urging TxDOT to work with City leaders to discuss a route that will benefit McKinney and the region not only now, but for years to come.
“This issue is critical in the growth and development of our community,” Hermes said. “We need our leaders to be visionary and make tough decisions that will set our county up for continued growth and prosperity.”
TxDOT will host a series of public meetings to discuss the future of US 380. For more information about the study, visit www.Drive380.com
All meetings begin with a presentation at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.
No admission or parking will be changed. These are free events
Monday, May 6, 2019
Russell A. Steindam Courts Building, Central Jury Room,
2100 Bloomdale Rd., McKinney, TX 75070
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Princeton High School, Atrium and Cafeteria
1000 E. Princeton Dr. Princeton, TX 75407
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Rogers Middle School, Cafeteria and Gym
1001 Coit Rd., Prosper, TX 75078