Project Overview

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is developing preliminary plans for the 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 hosted the first public meetings on Nov. 14, 2017, and Nov. 16, 2017, in an effort to engage the public.

TxDOT has tentatively scheduled the second public meeting for summer of 2018, and specific details will be posted to this website as they become available. Adjacent property owners will also receive notification by mail. All interested citizens will have a chance to provide input, voice concerns, and ask questions.


The first public meetings were hosted Nov. 14, 2017 and Nov. 16, 2017, where 4 alternatives were presented to the public for comments and feedback. The alternatives shown at the first public meetings are available below in the interactive map.  The public comment period from these meetings ends Nov. 30, 2017. Based on these comments and concerns, a preferred alternative will be developed. The preferred alternative will be presented at the second public meeting for interested parties to provide comments and feedback.

The preliminary engineering development will take approximately two years. TxDOT started work on the project in February 2017.

Next steps include the following:

  • The second Public meeting is tentatively scheduled for Summer of 2018
  • Preferred alternative finalized and environmentally cleared by Spring of 2019.
  • Right-of-way acquisitions are expected to begin in Spring of 2020
  • Right-of-way acquisitions and construction plans are expected to be completed by Summer of 2023
  • Funding for construction has not yet been identified


Contact Us

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

(903) 510-9100