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Overview

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.

Proposal

TxDOT’s preliminary plans for FM 2493 from Loop 323 south to FM 2813 include:

  • Widening from four lanes with a continuous center turn lane to a six-lane roadway with a raised median.
  • Reconfiguring its intersection at Rice Road to improve turning movements
  • Constructing grade-separated interchanges at its intersections with Loop 323 and Grande Boulevard.
  • Incorporating sidewalks and/or shared-use pathways, where applicable, to improve pedestrian safety.
  • Incorporating six-foot bicycle facilities, where applicable, to improve bicyclist safety.

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.

Get Involved

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 was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Harvey Hall Convention Center.

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Schedule

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TxDOT has suspended its in-person public involvement efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension will impact this project’s development schedule. At this moment, the extent of delay is unknown and dependent on future guidance. This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available. Public safety is a top priority for the department. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will host the next meeting when in-person gatherings can resume in a safe manner.

Next steps include the following:

  • Second Public Meeting
  • Public Hearing
  • Environmental Clearance
  • Right-of-Way Acquisitions

The current financial forecasts show roadway construction funds will be available in 2026. 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 2026, so all improvements are built at the same time.

Contact Us

TxDOT Tyler District
Attention: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 West Front Street
Tyler, Texas 75702
(903) 510-9100
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