TxDOT, City, MPO Host Open House for US 69/S Broadway


Contact: Kathi White

Phone: (903) 510-9267

Date: July 16, 2018


TYLER, Texas – With traffic conditions on the already congested US 69/S Broadway Ave. corridor expected to almost double in the next 25 years, local transportation officials are asking the local community to be a part of finding the solution to improving traffic-related delays. The first open house is intended to allow the public opportunities to provide feedback and comments regarding various improvements that will be presented.  

The feasibility study, which began in November 2017, is evaluating ways to enhance safety and improve mobility along Smith County’s most congested corridor. South Broadway from Loop 323 to Toll 49 ranks 67th on Texas’ Most Congested Roadway list in 2017. The City of Tyler, the Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and TxDOT are conducting the study to explore improvements to US 69/S Broadway Ave. from Amherst Street to FM 2813 which encompasses the most congested area.

According to TxDOT, public input is very important in the early stages of the study.

“This is a great opportunity to meet with local citizens and see what they want to happen along the corridor,” said Shane Cunningham, TxDOT Project Manager for the US 69 Feasibility Study. “No projects are funded so the meeting truly focuses on providing information about the study and getting public opinions on potential improvements.”

Among the improvements being studied is expanding to six-lanes or eight-lanes, innovative or traditional intersection improvements, bike lanes, sidewalks and right of way needs. The goals and objectives of the study focus on current traffic and future growth solutions for the corridor.

“South Broadway has long been the most utilized thoroughfare in the region, and the traffic is expected to increase over time,” said Michael Howell, MPO Manager. “This meeting is the first step in creating the community’s vision for future traffic improvements.”

The study is the first step in the project development process. TxDOT is funding the study at the request of the city but there is no funding identified for future endeavors. However, the city says the US 69/S Broadway Ave. corridor ranks at the top for local transportation improvements.

“We will work together, public agencies alongside independent stakeholders, to determine the most practical path forward that respects the commerce of the corridor, said Tyler Mayor Martin Heines.”

The feasibility study will identify a locally preferred option to improve the corridor within the study area.
A working group, comprised of property owners, businesses, community and neighborhood leaders, first responders, elected officials and agency representatives is assisting the project team with developing goals and objectives, identifying environmental constraints, brainstorming potential improvements, and creating evaluation criteria.

The working group will have two meetings in the fall followed by a second public meeting by the end of the year. The study is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

The public can take a community survey about the study between July 17 and August 1, 2018. Comments must be received by Wednesday, August 1, 2018, to be included in the official record of this public workshop.

For more information, visit bit.ly/US69FeasibilityStudy or visit TxDOT’s website at www.txdot.gov and search “US 69 Feasibility Study” for the survey. Contact the project team by phone at (903) 600-6402 or email at us69feasibilitystudy@gmail.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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