TxDOT is developing preliminary plans for improvements to FM 16 from four miles west of FM 849 to US 69 in Lindale. These improvements will help the City of Lindale expand the east-west corridor in anticipation of future growth and connect to Toll 49.
Enhancements to this heavily traveled corridor would include:
In addition, the proposed improvements would provide on and off access to Toll 49. The project would require the acquisition of additional right of way.
A public meeting was held on Sept. 15, 2015, to present three widening alternatives for the project (shown below) and to offer property owners and interested citizens a chance to provide input, voice concerns and have their questions answered.
A second public meeting was held on April 28, 2016, to present the recommended alternative. The recommended alignment was formulated based on public comments received at the first public meeting.
TxDOT plans to schedule a public hearing by the summer of 2017.
TxDOT and its consultants are working toward a final recommended alignment and its environmental assessment. The final recommended alignment and environmental assessment will be presented for public comment at a public hearing to be held by Summer of 2017.
The environmental assessment examines potential project-related impacts as well as measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate those impacts. The environmental assessment will be subject to an extensive review process and coordination with agencies such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Historical Commission and others. A decision on the environmental assessment (possible environmental clearance) is anticipated by the end of 2017.
Assuming environmental clearance is received, the next steps would be right-of-way acquisitions and the development of construction plans. Right-of-way acquisition is tentatively expected to begin in early 2018. Right-of-way acquisition and construction plans should be completed in 2019.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020, pending available funding.
TxDOT Tyler District
Attention: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 West Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702