The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a come-and-go meeting Tuesday and inviting residents to provide input on the proposed expansion of Old Jacksonville Highway, Farm-to-Market Road 2493 in Tyler from Loblolly Lane and Woodland Hills Drive south to Saline Creek Road, FM 2813 near Flint.

Residents will have an opportunity to review and provide comments on various alignment alternatives.

TxDOT's proposal includes widening the existing four-lane roadway to six lanes with a raised median. Bike and pedestrian facilities will be proposed where applicable.

The project will require new right-of-way from the adjacent property owners.

An environmental assessment will look at potential project-related impacts to the environment and ways to minimize or mitigate them.

TxDOT is encouraging residents to take advantage of this first opportunity to provide feedback and voice their concerns directly to

its staff and consultants while the project is in the initial stages of development.

Comments received will be used to help identify a preferred alternative that will be presented at a second public meeting tentatively scheduled for the fall.

Funding for the project is forecasted to be available in 2024.

The project is one of several designed to improve mobility and increase safety along the 14-mile corridor that stretches from Loop 323 in Tyler to U.S. Highway 69 south of Bullard. While the projects are being developed independently, efforts are being made to coordinate them and ensure a consistent approach to expand the corridor.

Written comments related to the proposed project may be submitted at the meeting, emailed to or mailed to TxDOT, Advanced Project Development Office, 2709 W. Front St., Tyler, Texas, 75702.

Comments must be received by May 7, 2019 to be a part of the project's official record.

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