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Project overview

TxDOT's Paris District is evaluating potential short-term and long-term roadway and operational improvements for Loop 286 in Paris, Texas. The proposed project encompasses the loop around Paris, a length of 15.5 miles, shown in red on the project location map below. Segments of the loop are also designated as US 82 and US 271.

Upcoming Virtual Public Meeting and In-Person Option


The virtual public meeting will be posted below on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 2 p.m. and remain online through Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Please note, this is not a live event. The materials can be viewed at your convenience.

Additionally, TxDOT is providing an in-person meeting option for individuals who would like to participate in person instead of online. In-person attendees will be able to review the same materials and presentation as the online public meeting.


Virtual Meeting Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 2 p.m. and remain online through Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

In-person Meeting Tuesday, July 26, 2022 2 - 7:00 p.m. Celebrate It 4195 Pine Mill Road Paris, TX 75462

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Paris map showing Southeast Loop Project, Northeast Loop Project and Long-Term Project


TxDOT is proposing short-term and long-term improvements to Loop 286 around Paris, Texas, a total project length of approximately 15.5 miles.


The update on the two short-term projects will include design schematics. The environmental documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public review prior to project completion. The purpose of the Loop 286 Improvements project is to improve safety, increase regional mobility, improve traffic operations, and address roadway deficiencies. The Northeast project, which would extend from Stillhouse Road to Lamar Avenue, proposes reconstructing the four existing mainlanes and adding two-lane frontage roads in either direction as well as an overpass at North Collegiate Drive. The Southeast Loop project, which would extend from SH 19/SH 24 to FM 905, proposes expanding the roadway to five lanes with a median left turn lane and shared use path, as well as improvements to the intersection of South Collegiate Drive near Paris High School.

The proposed projects would, subject to final design considerations, require additional right of way and potentially displace one residential unit and three non-residential structures.

Special accommodations

All meetings will be conducted in English. If you need an interpreter orument translator because English is not your primary language or you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, one will be provided to you. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you need interpretation or translation services or you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the meetings, please contact the TxDOT Public Information Office at 903-737-9213 no later than July 21, 2022. Advance notice is required as services and accommodations require time to arrange.

Memorandum of understanding

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 9, 2019, and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and TxDOT.

Downloads for July 26, 2022 virtual public meeting with in-person option

Loop 286 Virtual Public Meeting

Project purpose and need

Within this project, TxDOT is addressing needed geometric and safety improvements for Loop 286 around Paris, Texas. The purpose of the Loop 286 project is to improve safety, increase regional mobility, improve traffic operations, and address roadway deficiencies through short-term and long-term improvements.

Project details

The project is currently in the schematic and environmental phase of design and analysis, which is one of the early stages in the project development life cycle. The purpose of this stage of design is to determine project needs including evaluating travel demand, mobility needs, safety improvements, environmental impacts and impacts on existing and planned developments. Once a preferred alternative is determined, the project team will prepare a preliminary roadway design and perform an environmental assessment of the proposed project. This process includes two public meetings and a public hearing that will allow the public to learn more about the project, view alternatives and potential improvements and provide input on the project.

Public involvement

TxDOT is seeking input on proposed short-term and long-term improvements at a virtual public meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2020. The virtual public meeting video and other materials will be available through the comment period deadline of Friday, July 31, 2020.

How to submit comments

If you would like to submit your comments on the project to be included in the official public meeting record, please submit a comment card by mail or email. You can also submit your comments electronically.

July 16, 2020 public meeting downloads

Ultimate project roll plots

Northeast interim project roll plots

Southeast interim project roll plots

Right of Way documents

TxDOT held a public meeting on April 25, 2019, to display preliminary roadway and intersection alternatives as a part of the initial stage of the project.

April 25, 2019 public meeting downloads