Project Overview

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are working together to develop preliminary plans for improvements to FM 2493. Several planning projects are currently underway along the corridor, which stretches from Loop 323 in Tyler to US 69 south of Bullard. Although the projects are being developed independently and are in various stages of completion, rigorous efforts are being employed to coordinate the projects and ensure a consistent approach.

Details

FM 2813 to FM 346 Segment

TxDOT is developing construction plans for improvements to FM 2493 from FM 2813 in Gresham to FM 346 in Flint. These improvements will help ease congestion and improve safety through this area. Enhancements to the heavily traveled corridor include:

  • Widening from a two-lane road to a four-lane divided highway with curb and gutter.
  • Adding a continuous center left-turn lane to provide additional safety for drivers.
  • Incorporating sidewalks and bicycle lanes for pedestrians and cyclists respectively.
  • Improving visibility at Spruce Hill Road (County Road 140).

The project requires the acquisition of additional right of way.

FM 346 to US 69 Segment

TxDOT is developing preliminary plans for improvements to FM 2493 from FM 346 in Flint to Us 69 south of Bullard. These improvements will help ease congestion and improve safety through this area. Enhancements include:

  • Widening from a two-lane road to a four-lane divided highway with curb and gutter.
  • Adding a continuous center left-turn lane to provide additional safety for drivers.
  • Incorporating sidewalks and bicycle lanes for pedestrians and cyclists respectively.

The project requires the acquisition of additional right of way.

Get Involved

FM 2813 to FM 346 Segment

A public meeting was held on December 10, 2013 to present the technically preferred alternative. TxDOT presented Alternative No. 1 as the technically preferred alignment. After reviewing public comments from the meeting, bike lanes were added to the schematic layout. TxDOT held a public hearing on April 16, 2015 that covered the social, economic and environmental effects of the project. The final schematic can be viewed below. No additional public outreach activities are scheduled at this time.

FM 346 to US 69 Segment

TxDOT expected to host a public hearing this fall. We have encountered some unforseen delays, but we are still actively working on the project. The public hearing is now expected to be scheduled in Spring 2018.

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FM 2813 to FM 346 Segment

FM 346 to US 69 Segment

The first public meeting was held on May 12, 2016, to present three alternatives for the project  shown below. TxDOT and its consultants are reviewing the comments from the public and evaluating the respective impacts of each alternative. 

Alternatives from the First Public Meeting

Alternative 1 (Left)

Alternative 2 (Center)

Alternative 3 (Right)

The second public meeting was held on May 7, 2017, to present the preferred alternative. The preferred alignment was formulated based on public comments received at the first public meeting.

Preferred Alignment Alternative from the Second Public Meeting

Schedule

FM 2813 to FM 346 Segment

TxDOT received environmental clearance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on July 31, 2015. Currently, right-of-way acquisitions are underway and we are preparing the construction plans to move the project forward.

  • Right-of-way acquisitions and construction plans should be completed in 2018
  • Current financial forecasts show construction funds available in 2018

FM 346 to US 69 Segment

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 in spring 2018.

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 fall 2018.

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 2018. Right-of-way acquisition and construction plans should be completed in 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021, pending available funding.

Contact Us

TxDOT Tyler District
Attention: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 West Front Street
Tyler, Texas 75702

(903) 510-9100
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Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
423 West Ferguson Street
Tyler, Texas, 75702

(903) 531-1175
Email