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TxDOT Project Tracker

Welcome to TxDOT’s project information database. This tracker will all you to know more about the funded transportation projects in our area. TxDOT continues to expand and update this database with the ultimate goal that it serves as the gateway to all of TxDOT’s project-related information.

TxDOT Project Tracker

FM 2493 Project Update.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Tyler Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) have allocated construction funds for improvements to FM 2493 between FM 2813 and FM 346 south of Tyler.  These improvements will help ease congestion and improve safety through this rapidly developing area. Enhancements to this heavily travelled corridor between Gresham and Flint.

Public project update scheduled for
Thursday, April 16, 2015
5 – 7 p.m.
Jack Elementary School Cafetorium
1900 Balsam Gap
Tyler, TX 75703

TxDOT FM 2493 Brochure

FM 2493 Corridor Study

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The study will collect data of travel patterns on nearly 14 miles of FM 2493, from the intersection of Old Jacksonville Highway and Loop 323 to where it connects to U.S. 69 in Bullard.

The beginning phases of the study will include collecting data in a long list of areas, including traffic patterns, pedestrian and bicyclist usage, turn lanes and grade separations, traffic signal timings and possible modifications, driveway consolidations and closures, neighborhood design along the corridor and possible improvements on parallel corridors to help alleviate traffic congestion, among others.


Volvo LifePaint / Albedo 100 Reflective Spray

Albedo100 is an innovative reflective spray, which enhances visibility in low light conditions. Perfect for safety outdoors. Be safe, be seen with Albedo100!  Albedo 100 has entered into a partnership with Volvo in sharing the benefits of Reflective Spray as Life Paint! “The best way to survive a crash, is not to crash”

Albedo 100 USA Website

URGENT: Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving

The bill passed the House 102 to 40. Now, there will be another vote by the House on the bill and then the Senate will take up the bill.

CBS19 News Report

HB 80 will be read on the Texas House floor on Wednesday, March 25
HB 80 creates a statewide ban on texting while driving.

The statewide ban on texting while driving has passed out of committee and is headed to the House floor tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25.

Please contact your representative NOW and ask for a YES vote on HB 80.
Was your representative one of the authors or co-authors on this bill? Be sure to say thanks!
Not sure how to contact your state representative?  Emails and calls are both valuable.
Forty-five states have banned texting while driving. It’s time for Texas to join with most of the country to make our roads safer for all road users by keeping this dangerous activity out from behind the wheel.

According to the State of Texas, there were more than 94,000 distraction-related traffic crashes in Texas in 2013 that resulted in more than 18,000 serious injuries and 459 deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than nine people are killed in the U.S. every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

The following format to be useful when contacting elected officials:
My name is _____ and my occupation is _____. I live in District ____. I ride a bike.
Please support HB 80 to ban texting while driving in Texas.
(Tell your representative why this legislation is important to you.)
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike.

Texas State Senate District 1–Kevin Eltife
Capitol Office: CAP 3E.16
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0101
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
District Address: P. O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin TX 78711
Phone: (903) 596-9122

Texas State House District 6–Matt Schaefer
Capitol Office: EXT E2.510
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0584
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: 200 E. Ferguson St., Suite 506
Tyler TX 75702
Phone: (903) 592-0900


Bicycle Task-Force Meeting

The City of Tyler/MPO  Bicycle Task-Force Meeting was on Thursday Afternoon March 19, 2015.  Below is a brief summary of the the meeting.

  • I question was posed about riding bicycles on city sidewalks; the city confirmed that there is no ban on riding bicycle on sidewalks.
  • TxDOT confirmed that there is sufficient room for bike lanes on Old Jacksonville hwy.  No lanes have been designated and that is why there is no signage.
  • A new bike route in the city were proposed and a short presentation was made.
  • Another presentation was made on the proposed extension of the South Tyler Trail System.  The Legacy Trail will have two routes:  one route will extend from Grande, along Old Jacksonville hwy to Gresham; the other route will follow Dueling Oaks, south to W. Cumberland Rd.  State and local funds, as well as donations will pay for the proposed extension.

Federal Highway Administration Grants:

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Call for Projects

The Public Transportation Division requests proposals for the 2015 TAP Call for Projects. Project activities are limited to construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects in population areas less than 200,000.

Below is a  link to the TAP Program Guide, the Project Nomination Form and other related information. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. CDT on May 4, 2015.

I would like to hear your project ideas.  Please email me and let me know.

Click link below for information from the TXDoT website.

Public Transportation Programs

Welcome to Bike Friendly Tyler

We are an organization of people that promotes cycling, awareness, advocacy and two wheeled love.

Drive Alert!

Tyler Triple Threat


FRESH 15, Beauty and the Beast and Tri Tyler Half team up to announce the Tyler Triple Threat Challenge

Three Tyler, Texas, endurance racing events have partnered to present a new challenge for athletes. The Tyler Triple Threat Challenge, sponsored by Tyler Urology Associates, will cross promote the FRESH 15, Beauty & the Beast and Tri Tyler Half.

The first part in the challenge is the FRESH 15 – a 15k and 5k road race set for March 7, 2015, starting and ending at FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler. The Beauty and the Beast bicycle tour/race on March 21 is the second endurance event, and consists of 12.5, 24, 34, 46, 53 or 67 route through beautiful areas of Tyler, while also encompassing a “beast” hill near the finish line. The challenge finale is the Tri Tyler Half, Half/Olympic/ Sprint triathlon set for May 5 at Lake Tyler.

Here’s how it works:

Athletes that participate in each event will receive a commemorative Tyler Triple Threat Challenge medal and finisher’s certificate. Athletes may participate in any distance of each event, but must participate and finish all three.

This special event will showcase equally beautiful parts of Tyler and combine the efforts of three great races. Participants will receive their medals and finisher’s certificates at the finish line of the Tri Tyler Half on May 3, 2015.

Join us for what promises to be not just one but three great racing events for 2015.