US 69 is an approximately 375-mile long highway that connects the cities of Port Arthur at the Gulf Coast and Denison in North-Central Texas. This highway links major cities such as Beaumont, Tyler and Denison to small rural towns and serves as a hurricane evacuation route from Port Arthur to I- 20 just north of Tyler. US 69 runs through Tyler’s central business district, providing access to local medical facilities, schools, businesses and other important locations.
A feasibility study is the first step used to develop locally preferred alternatives that improve mobility and safety needs on state and federal roads and highways. Once a recommendation is identified in the study, further studies must be funded and conducted before construction may begin. This US 69 Feasibility Study will provide a recommendation for a locally preferred alternative to the study area corridor that will help address the current and future mobility needs of the community.
The project team will assist a working group comprised of local city officials, agency, business and other organization representatives that will identify improvements within the study area. The working group will meet throughout the study and develop project goals and objectives as well as assess environmental and engineering constraints. Public feedback from the community open house, discussions with community members and surveys will help the working group narrow conceptual options to identify a locally preferred alternative. This alternative will serve as the starting point for any future phases of the US 69 project development process, including an environmental study, should the project advance.