TxDOT is developing plans for improvements to FM 2493 (Old Jacksonville Highway). Several projects are currently underway along the approximately 14-mile corridor, which stretches from Loop 323 in the City of Tyler to US 69 south of the City of Bullard. Although the projects are being developed independently and are in various stages of completion, rigorous efforts are being made to coordinate the projects and ensure a consistent approach.
TxDOT’s preliminary plans for FM 2493 from Loop 323 south to FM 2813 include:
The project will require the acquisition of new right of way (ROW) from adjacent property owners. TxDOT will use the abandoned railroad corridor to the fullest extent possible to minimize ROW acquisitions.
TxDOT will host two public meetings and a public hearing in an effort to engage the public. Adjacent property owners and other interested citizens will have the opportunity to provide input, voice concerns and ask questions. The first public meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Harvey Hall Convention Center.
TxDOT and its consultants are in the initial stages of project development. The team is conducting field visits and working on viable alternatives. These alternatives will be presented at the project’s first public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The alternatives will also be posted online following the meeting.
Based on public feedback and engineering analysis, TxDOT will identify a preferred alternative and present it to the public at a second meeting. It’s anticipated the second public meeting will occur in the fall of 2019. TxDOT will refine the design based on this second round of public comments and begin the project’s environmental assessment.
The environmental assessment will examine potential project-related impacts as well as measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate those impacts. The 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 in 2020.
Next steps include the following:
The current financial forecasts show roadway construction funds will be available in 2024. TxDOT is actively pursuing funding for the grade-separated interchanges at Loop 323 and Grande Boulevard. The goal is to have these additional construction funds secured by 2024, so all improvements are built at the same time.
TxDOT Tyler District
Attention: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 West Front Street
Tyler, Texas 75702