On Wednesday, May 16, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will begin opening the new permanent southbound lanes on Custer Road from Stonebridge Road to U.S. 380 in McKinney.

Operations to open the lanes will begin at 3 a.m. May 16 and continue until all traffic is moved to permanent lanes, the City of McKinney announced Friday.

All three southbound lanes will be open, but only one northbound lane will initially be open for traffic.

Crews will work to open the remaining two northbound lanes over the next several days.

All left-turn lanes and crossovers in the median will be open.

With the opening of the new southbound lanes on Custer, traffic patterns will be changing.

Currently, traffic approaching Custer from the west crosses the closed section of roadway and stops in the median. After the southbound lanes are opened on Wednesday, traffic will need to stop prior to entering the intersection.

While adjusting to the change, all drivers should be extremely cautious, paying careful attention to directional signs and message boards for the new driving patterns.

It is very important for drivers to be aware that the stopping points at many of the intersections will change. Be aware of the new locations of all stop lines and signs.

Cotton Ridge North will be closed on the west side of Custer Road due to continuing work. Detour signs will be in place for this location.