TxDOT is developing preliminary plans for improvements to FM 16 from four miles west of FM 849 to US 69 in Lindale. These improvements will help the City of Lindale expand the east-west corridor in anticipation of future growth and connect to Toll 49.
Enhancements to this heavily traveled corridor would include:
In addition, the proposed improvements would provide on and off access to Toll 49. The project would require the acquisition of additional right of way.
The first public meeting was held on Sept. 15, 2015, to present three widening alternatives for the project and to offer property owners and interested citizens a chance to provide input, voice concerns and have their questions answered. TxDOT reviewed all comments submitted following the meeting and evaluated the respective impacts of each alternative.
A second public meeting was held on April 28, 2016, to present the recommended alternative. The recommended alignment was formulated based on public comments received at the first public meeting. Following another public comment period, TxDOT addressed comments and formulated a final recommended alternative.
A public hearing was held on June 26, 2018, to present the Draft Environmental Assessment and Final Recommended Alternative.
The final recommended alignment and draft environmental assessment was presented for public comment at the public hearing on June 26, 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.
TxDOT Tyler District
Attention: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 West Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702