Community input wanted for improvements on Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler

Proposed projects include widening the freeway from four to six lanes and improving the junctions on the Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323.

TYLER, Texas – It has been 8 months since many members of the Tyler Church came together to oppose a proposed flyover for the Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323. The city has been working for several years to find solutions for the growing traffic in the region through public feedback.

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In August, contractors spoke out against the overpass during a meeting of the Transportation Committee for the Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which resulted in the need for changes to the project.

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Michael Howell, manager of the MPO, said a presentation will go online on Thursday and people will have 30 days to give their opinion on two draft amendments.

“The recommendation that is currently being made for the draft amendment is to state explicitly that a transfer option would not be acceptable as one of these solutions,” he said.

During the transportation meeting, the committee voted to change the project language for Old Jacksonville from flyover to intersection improvements. Community members can share their thoughts on other ways to alleviate traffic congestion in this area.

Howell said the other change was more of a clarification to the process of widening the four-lane road from Loop 323 to FM 2813 in Greshman to six.

“This is really just moving forward and outlining expectations of what will happen during the design and construction process to ensure that there is reasonable entry and exit for property owners in the area,” Howell said.

On June 17th, the MPO’s Transportation Policy Committee will meet, review proposals and vote on solutions for Old Jacksonville.

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