TxDOT and the Tyler Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) have allocated construction funds for improvements to Spur 248 from Old Omen Road and SH 64 east of Tyler. These improvements will help the City of Tyler expand the east-west corridor in anticipation of future growth.
Enhancements to this heavily traveled corridor include:
The project requires the acquisition of new right of way.
TxDOT held a public meeting on July 9, 2013, to present three widening alternatives for the project. After reviewing the comments from the public and evaluating the impacts of each alternative, TxDOT is presenting Alternative No. 1 as the recommended alignment, which widens the road evenly on both sides of the existing alignment.
TxDOT held a second public meeting on March 25, 2014. Public comments were received and evaluated in an effort to reach a final schematic design. TxDOT offered the opportunity for a public hearing that would cover the social, economic and environmental effects of the project. No requests for the additional outreach were received prior to the deadline.
No additional public outreach is scheduled at this time.
TxDOT completed an environmental assessment associated with the proposed widening. to examine the potential project-related impacts as well as measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate those impacts. The process required coordination with various agencies such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Historical Commission and others. The project received its environmental clearance on Jan. 30, 2015, which allowed right-of-way mapping and construction plans to be developed.
Right-of-way acquisition is currently under way. The project received bids for construction in December 2015. Due to the required utility relocations and the final right-of-way acquisitions, construction activities are not expected to start until spring 2016.
TxDOT Tyler District
Attention: Tyler Area Office
15986 SH 155
Tyler, TX 75703