Project Overview

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is developing preliminary plans for expansion of SH 31 from Loop 323 in Tyler, east to FM 1639 in Kilgore.

The project includes expanding the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway.  The public involvement process will help determine whether a flush or depressed median will be utilized.  The expansion will address safety concerns along the corridor. 


Enhancements to this heavily traveled corridor would include:

  • Widening from a two-lane road to a four-lane roadway with flush and /or depressed median, curb and gutter in the urban areas to accommodate expected growth in traffic
  • Redesigning the roadway’s alignment to improve grades and curves to meet current design criteria

The project will require the acquisition of new right-of-way.

Get Involved

TxDOT has scheduled the first public meeting.  Given the length of this corridor, the material will be presented in two locations.  Citizens are encouraged to attend the location that is convenient to them.  No need to attend both meetings.  One meeting will be held on Nov. 14, 2017 in Kilgore, and the other will be held on Nov. 16, 2017, in Tyler.  All interested citizens will have a chance to provide input, voice concerns and ask questions.  The meetings details will be posted to this website as they become available.  Adjacent property owners will also be notified by mail.



TxDOT and its consultants are in the initial stages of the project’s development. We are currently conducting field visits and identifying the viable alternatives. The alternatives will also be posted to this webpage following the meeting.

For a project this size, the preliminary engineering development will take approximately two years. TxDOT started work on the project in February 2017. 

Contact Us

TxDOT Tyler District
Attn: Advanced Project Development Office
2709 W. Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702

(903) 510-9100