Spur 399 Extension Environmental Impact Statement From US 75 to US 380

An In-Person Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Throckmorton Ballroom, 1900 Gateway Blvd, McKinney, Texas 75150. A Virtual Public Meeting will also be held at www.keepitmovingdallas.com/Spur399PublicMeeting. The virtual meeting is not a live event and can be viewed at any time beginning at 6 p.m. on October 21, 2021 and will remain available online through Friday, November 5, 2021.

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Why Is This Study Being Done?

TxDOT’s 2016-2020 Collin County Feasibility Study was the very first step in the development of this project. The purpose of a feasibility study is to determine whether a project should proceed for further study and development, and to develop potential alignments. Feasibility Studies are conducted when the project may involve a major fund investment, a transportation solution is unknown, a major environmental concern is present, or a consensus of the general public and property owners along a route has not been developed. A Feasibility Study is meant to provide a high-level view of a potential project. Although TxDOT recommended a single alignment at the conclusion of the Feasibility Study, there were some other alternatives that are also reasonable, and those alternatives require more detailed study during the environmental review (NEPA) phase of the project, including alternatives that were eliminated during the Feasibility Study. Because this phase of the project involves a more detailed evaluation and collection of new information, it is possible that data being gathered could change previously studied alignments or lead TxDOT to consider new alternatives.

A feasibility study covers the following areas:

  • The purpose of, and need for, a project;
  • Conformance with the Texas Transportation Plan;
  • Description of the limits of the study area;
  • Social (e.g., a demographic profile), economic, and environmental features;
  • Level of community support;
  • Cost effectiveness;
  • Infrastructure safety issues;
  • Preliminary Level of Service analysis;
  • Comparison of different routes, or corridors, and design alternatives;
  • Analysis of existing transportation systems in the study area; and
  • Alignment recommendations.

During the Feasibility Study, TxDOT used preliminary and available data to identify the location of its Recommended Alignment. Feasibility Study data included initial traffic and travel demand analysis as well as information from existing environmental databases. Field investigations and detailed analyses were not conducted at this step, which is the normal procedure for feasibility studies.

TxDOT announced its Feasibility Study Recommended Alignment to identify a general location for a possible freeway so that it could be considered for future growth and development plans. Because of existing and new homes and businesses, an expanding McKinney National Airport, parks, utilities, landfills and other environmental resources in the project vicinity, the list of project constraints and areas TxDOT needs to avoid is growing and the available land for a future freeway is becoming more and more limited.

Now that the Feasibility Study is complete, the project is progressing to the development of a schematic design and environmental study. While the feasibility study was a high-level look at

the project, schematic design and environmental study allows us to view the project “on the ground.” TxDOT is required to adhere to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process which includes the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Adhering to NEPA is required on any project that would receive any federal funding. During this phase of project development, the federal governmental requires TxDOT to gather additional and more specific data to more fully develop and evaluate all reasonable alternatives to determine if they should be moved forward for further study or be eliminated. TxDOT is required to complete more in-depth traffic and travel demand analysis, and to complete an environmental study which includes in-person field assessments and surveys in areas where landowners have agreed to allow access. The purpose of the assessments is to determine locations of resources such as wetlands, floodplains, and culturally sensitive areas.

During this EIS, TxDOT will develop the schematic design which means that the following tasks must be completed:

  • Determine number of lanes;
  • Develop ramp location and interchange configurations;
  • Determining the amount of land (also called right-of way) needed to construct the project;
  • Complete drainage design;
  • Consider bicycle and pedestrian accommodations; and
  • Calculate more detailed cost estimates.

Included in EIS development is a federally required evaluation of potential environmental impacts. This includes impacts to air quality, archeological resources, biological resources, community impacts, hazardous materials, historic resources, protected lands (parks), traffic noise, and water resources, among other considerations. This is the phase of project development where TxDOT will be able to determine if sounds walls are feasible and where they could be placed. TxDOT is also required to complete more public involvement and coordination with resources agencies, municipalities, and major utility providers.

A more complete list of what TxDOT will consider in the comparison of alternatives can be found in the Public Scoping Meeting materials. This detailed comparison will ultimately help TxDOT make the most informed decision about the final, Preferred Alternative at the end of the of the EIS process. After the EIS is complete, the final, Preferred Alternative will move forward to detailed design and then to construction.

Project Description

TxDOT is undertaking public involvement, schematic design, and an in-depth environmental study for the Spur 399 Extension project from US 75 to US 380. The project provides for development of a freeway facility to improve north-south mobility and connectivity of travelers from eastern Collin County to destinations south of McKinney, including the Dallas Metroplex. The existing Spur 399 is approximately 0.5 miles long and serves as a transition between and SH 121/Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) and SH 5, south of McKinney. The project area is shown below.

TxDOT began this project in May 2020 and anticipated completion is late 2022. The project adheres to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The level of documentation identified is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which will assess alternatives and outline impacts of the proposed project on the surrounding environment.

Alignments Under Consideration

The project will build on TxDOT’s US 380 Collin County Feasibility Study that was conducted from 2017-2020. Feasibility Study information can be viewed here. TxDOT will continue to consider its recommended feasibility study alignment, other viable alignments or changes to alignments, and a no-build alternative. 

For an EIS, the study must include an assessment of all alternatives considered, and it is possible that the best alternative identified during that evaluation could differ from the recommended alignment from the Feasibility Study.

Notice of Intent

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Spur 399 Extension, Collin County

Agency and Public Scoping

An Agency Scoping Meeting was held for the proposed project on December 10, 2020. During this meeting, the proposed project’s scoping documents were presented to all cooperating and participating agencies for their review and comment. A Public Scoping Meeting was held for the proposed project from February 23, 2021 to March 10, 2021 at http://www.keepitmovingdallas.com/Spur399EISScopingMeeting .  During this meeting, the proposed project’s scoping documents were presented to the public for review and comment.

The scoping documents can be found here:

Draft Purpose and Need
Range of Alternatives
Methodologies and Level of Detail for Analyzing Alternatives
Approved Coordination Plan

Several comments/questions were repeatedly posed during the public scoping meeting. The following document provides those common comments and responses: Frequent Comments

Although the comment period for the scoping meeting has ended, questions and comments are always accepted. See contact information listed below.

Next Steps

Now that the scoping process is complete, TxDOT will continue developing the schematic design and conduct a detailed analysis of the alternatives that will be presented at the next public meeting in the fall of 2021. The analysis will consider those items listed in the Methodologies and Level of Detail for Analyzing Alternatives scoping document found above. Desktop data analysis will take place and field investigations will take place for those properties where right-of-entry has been requested and granted by the property owner. Resource specialists will conduct the evaluations, and prepare technical reports as required by TxDOT’s environmental process.

How to Get Involved

TxDOT plans to hold a second public meeting in the fall of 2021, and a public hearing in 2022 that will allow the public to learn more about the project and provide input on proposed improvements. Sign up here to receive more information and receive meeting notices.

Project Contact

For questions or comments, please contact:
Stephen Endres, P.E.
(214) 320-4469