Master Thoroughfare Plan
Master Thoroughfare Plan Q&A
1. What is the Master Thoroughfare Plan?
The Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) provides a long-range plan that defines the network of existing and future major roadway facilities necessary for the various levels of vehicle traffic expected in McKinney. These needs are based on the preferred growth and development pattern defined as part of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which is approved by the City Council after community input.
Completion of the roadway network is something that will occur over long periods of time through a series of capital-improvement-program-funded projects (i.e. city-initiated construction projects), landowner agreements (partnerships between the city and developers), and developer-constructed roads. In other words, the MTP only shows general locations of where and what types of roadways are necessary to serve the community’s traffic needs, but it does not outline the timing for when those roads should be or will be constructed.
The City of McKinney’s current MTP can be found in Chapter 8 of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan. View the currently adopted Comprehensive Plan. Currently, the city is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan, which includes the Master Thoroughfare Plan. Learn more about the draft Master Thoroughfare Plan.
2. What is a Thoroughfare?
Generally, thoroughfares shown in the MTP are existing and future major roads within the City of McKinney and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) such as arterials and major collector roadways. These roadways serve as the foundation of the McKinney roadway network and are designated as carrying higher traffic volumes. The MTP does not include minor roads such as residential streets and collectors which are established through the development process.
3. Why does the city need a Master Thoroughfare Plan?
The major benefits provided by the Master Thoroughfare Plan include the following:
- Preservation of right-of-way for future thoroughfares is identified.
- Identification of roadway needs such as number of vehicle lanes, pedestrian facilities, etc., in advance of new development or as it occurs.
- Identification of roadway needs to accommodate traffic from adjacent land use or development patterns.
- Limiting the potential for high traffic volumes on neighborhood streets.
- Anticipating when funds must be programmed for needed roadway improvements.
- Reducing the potential negative effects due to increased traffic congestion.
4. Is tree conservation/beautification, etc. addressed in the MTP?
Also included with the MTP is a series of illustrations (known as conceptual cross-sections) that describe the layout and context of each thoroughfare. In general, cross-sections illustrate the ultimate number of lanes each road should have, locations and widths of pedestrian facilities, widths of the medians if applicable and widths of the parkways - the area between the travel lanes and roadway right-of-way. View an example of a conceptual cross-section below.
Details about landscaping, beautification, conservation and streetscapes are defined in the streetscape section of the Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Visioning Master Plan, which was approved by City Council on May 16, 2017. View Information about the Parks Master Planning update.
5. How often is the MTP updated?
The City of McKinney typically performs minor updates to the Master Thoroughfare Plan yearly to reflect current conditions and incorporate changes such as actual alignments of recently constructed roadways, recently completed engineering projects and plans, and other non-policy-related changes. Major updates to the MTP happen less frequently and are generally part of a full update to the overall Comprehensive Plan to capture major changes in the city's roadway needs.
In Spring 2015, the city launched a 10-year major update to the 2004 Comprehensive Plan known as the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. As part of this initiative, the MTP is being reviewed to consider changes based on the new goals and priorities and the preferred future growth scenario described in the ONE McKinney 2040 process. Major updates such as this, including changes to the MTP, involve extensive open public participation so that the public can provide input and feedback before adoption of the plan. As part of the formal adoption process, there will also be public hearings where the public can share their thoughts directly with the City Council during a regular City Council meeting.
If you are interested in receiving information about the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, upcoming public outreach events, or to provide feedback, please send us an email.
6. I’ve seen a draft version of the proposed MTP presented to the City Council; has that MTP been approved yet?
No. The draft MTP has not yet been approved or adopted by City Council. City staff is continuing to develop and refine the draft MTP as part of the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update with input from interested citizens, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council.
7. Are there still opportunities for public input on the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Master Thoroughfare Plan?
Yes! The proposed ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Master Thoroughfare Plan are still being developed, refined and reviewed as part of the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. Over the coming months, there will be public hearings where the public can share their thoughts directly with the City Council during a regular City Council meeting.
If you are interested in receiving information about the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, about upcoming public outreach events, or to provide feedback please send us an email.
8. Are there plans to widen Eldorado Parkway to six lanes?
No. There are no current or approved plans to widen Eldorado Pkwy. to six lanes.
9. Will Eldorado Pkwy. ever be widened to six lanes?
As part of the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, the city is looking at the role and function of all roads in McKinney in order to consider any necessary changes to the MTP.
As part of this, there has been some consideration for identifying portions of Eldorado Pkwy. as a future six-lane roadway in the Master Thoroughfare Plan. The proposed MTP is still a draft and has not been fully considered or approved by City Council. Residents and stakeholders will still have some opportunities where you can share your thoughts and feedback regarding what ends up being adopted.
Major updates such as this (including changes to the MTP) involve extensive open participation so the public can provide input and feedback prior to plan adoption. As part of the formal adoption process, there will also be public hearings where the public can share their thoughts directly with the City Council during a regular City Council meeting.
If you are interested in receiving information about the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update and/or about upcoming public outreach events, please send us an email.
10. In the proposed MTP, are there any new freeways shown for McKinney in the future?
Currently, the only existing limited-access facilities (i.e. freeways) in McKinney are S.H. 121 (including Spur 399 east of U.S. 75) and U.S 75. However, there are plans for a Collin County Outer Loop in the far northern reaches of McKinney. Additionally, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently performing a feasibility study which is evaluating options for conversion of the existing U.S. 380 to a limited-access facility as well as options for an alternative limited-access U.S. 380 Bypass, with potential alignments routed north of the existing U.S. 380. This study also includes the feasibility of extending Spur 399 past its current terminus at SH 5 with an eastern connection to US 380.
With this in mind, it is possible that McKinney will see new freeways at some point in the future.
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11. What is a Limited Access Facility?
A Limited Access Facility, also known as a controlled-access highway, is a type of highway that has been designed for high-speed vehicular traffic, with all traffic flow and ingress / egress regulated. Limited Access Facilities are commonly referred to as freeways or expressways.
12. How does the city plan to address regional transportation pressures and needs?
The City of McKinney will continue to work with other cities and agencies within the region to find appropriate solutions that address transportation needs of the entire region. Any regional transportation issues will be discussed with the McKinney City Council, which will provide opportunities for the public to provide input and feedback on specific issues. Any solutions or agency actions resulting in changes to current city plans will be presented to the City Council at a formal public hearing, where the public can provide comments and feedback before any action is taken by the City Council.
Currently, the city is an active stakeholder participating in the TxDOT U.S. 380 Feasibility Study to analyze potential roadway alternatives for a limited-access freeway through Collin County along the existing and alternative alignments of U.S. 380. Learn more about the TxDOT U.S. 380 Feasibility Study.
13. When can we expect to see new freeways in McKinney?
As you might imagine, the process for introducing major freeways to an area requires a tremendous amount of planning and evaluation by a number of different agencies. At this early stage, it is difficult to estimate how long it could take to see a new freeway in Collin County; however, it will likely take many years before any new freeways would be under construction.
14. I don’t think traffic on our roads is that bad…so why change the MTP?
As part of the ONE McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, the city is not only looking at the function of the roads today but also once the city reaches full buildout. Buildout is a technical way of referring to the city when it’s done developing and is all grown up.
This is important because it allows the city to better plan, prepare for and construct a roadway network that maintains good traffic flows for its residents both now and in the future. It also gives residents a chance to see where certain roadways might actually be needed in the future so they can see what impacts it may have on them or their properties.