TxDOT and the Tyler Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) have allocated construction funds for improvements to Spur 248 between 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 travelled corridor between Tyler and Chapel Hill include:
The project will require 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. This alternative widens the road evenly on both sides of the existing alignment.
TxDOT held a second public meeting on March 25, 2014. Public comments have been evaluated, and schematic drawings have been approved.
TxDOT is now offering an opportunity for a public hearing that will cover the social, economic and environmental effects of the project. The deadline for requests for a public hearing is Jan. 6, 2015.
An environmental assessment – a review of possible impacts the project could have on the environment – is under way. Environmental clearance from the Federal Highway Administration is expected in early 2015. Right-of-way acquisition will begin after environmental clearance. The project is scheduled to open bids in August 2015.
Please contact TxDOT's engineering team in Tyler at (903) 510-9175 or (903) 510-9296 with any questions or comments about this project.