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Gear Up for Improvements to the Preston Road and PGBT Intersection
The City of Plano is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to improve the intersection at Preston Road and the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). Construction is expected to begin this week and will continue through 2021.
 
The improvements include:
  • widening the southbound Preston Road bridge over the KCS railroad and PGBT
  • creating a southbound right-turn lane at the PGBT westbound on-ramp
  • adding dual left-turn lanes for southbound traffic to the PGBT eastbound on-ramp.

Please share this information with others you know who may be impacted by the construction closures. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this much-needed improvement. If you have questions, call the City of Plano Engineering department at 972-941-7152 or TxDOT Public Information Officer Shawn Yousefi at 214-491-9062.
Step Up for the Great American Cleanup on April 18
Celebrate 50 years of Earth Day at the Great American Cleanup (GAC) on Saturday, April 18, 8-11 a.m. Help us spiff up the City with a little litter pick up. Last year the event was rained out but we still collected over 4.5 tons of litter. Whether you choose a business or school property, community park, trail or creek – they all need to be litter-free.

Sign up as an individual or group. Cleanup supplies are provided. All participants registered by Sunday, April 12 are invited to the free after-party from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Chase Oaks Church, 281 Legacy Dr. Come out for the live music, great lunch, educational booths, fun games and more!
Submit an Application for an Arts and Events Grant
Are you part of a local arts group or involved with a cultural event that brings people to Plano? Your efforts change how others see our city by simply bringing people together for a shared experience. The City's hotel/motel occupancy tax helps create more of these experiences in Plano by providing four types of Arts and Events Grants : Small Arts, Major Arts, Special Events and Urban/Town Center Events. These grants nurture a greater appreciation for the arts, culture and diversity of our residents; encourage the development of new programs; and celebrate collaborative projects involving multiple arts organizations. The deadline for Plano-based 501c3 nonprofit organizations to apply for 2020-21 grants is Wednesday, April 1 at noon. More information and applications are available online.
Happenings

The North Texas Municipal Water District's annual 28-day chlorine maintenance process has begun. You may see city crews opening fire hydrants to flush water.


March is pet registration month. Many pets get lost during spring storms when gates and doors blow open. Plano's registration tags include scannable QR codes to help your pet get home faster. You’ll also be invited to register with Finding Rover , a facial recognition program for pets.


Take the guesswork out of selecting plants that conserve water and look great. Texas A&M AgriLife Water University has put together a kit of 32 starter plants bundled in a 2 feet x 1 feet box. Use the garden design options to plant your box. Order and pick yours up in McKinney on April 25.


It’s March in Plano. InsidePlano hosts Steve Stoler and Shannah Hayley have the info on free classes, fun times and family events. Olivia Osborne from our sustainability team joins the podcast to talk about the Great American Cleanup and how you can Keep Plano Beautiful. Get the highlights of all that's shaking in Plano in the month ahead.
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