US 69 is a north-south rural highway originating in Port Arthur, passing through Beaumont, Lufkin and Tyler, terminating in Denison, Texas. As part of the Texas Trunk System, which serves as the principal connection for all Texas cities with populations over 20,000, and the National Highway System, US 69 services both intrastate and interstate traffic moving people and goods. In addition, US 69 is a designated hurricane evacuation route providing safe passage for the Texas coastal areas of Beaumont and Houston/Galveston through Jacksonville.
The function of US 69 is to move both local and through regional traffic efficiently and safely. Previously conducted feasibility studies have found that US 69 in Jacksonville is operating at an undesirable level. Approximately 8 miles of US 69 goes directly through the City of Jacksonville. Within this 8-mile stretch there are 8 signalized intersections causing increased travel time and significantly reduced mobility. Jacksonville experiences increased congestion and decline in efficiency during hurricane evacuations. Additionally, the highest concentration of traffic accidents in Jacksonville is along US 69 in the downtown area. The US 69 project study area is located in northern Cherokee County and begins approximately 5 miles north of Jacksonville, near Love’s Lookout and extends south to Craft.
At the second public meeting held on May 29, 2018, TxDOT presented various corridors under consideration to develop a route for the proposed project. Public comments on the corridors were received and considered by TxDOT.
TxDOT is hosting a third and final public meeting on Aug. 28, 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to present TxDOT's recommended corridors to be studied in more detail during the next phase of project development (environmental impact analysis and schematic design). All interested citizens will have a chance to provide input, voice concerns and ask questions.
The project study began in May 2017 and is estimated to be completed in October 2018. Below are the dates of the three public meetings conducted as part of this planning study:
TxDOT Tyler District
Attn: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 W. Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702