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Loop 49 moving forward

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

TX DOT crews were out working Monday to put up bridge beams for Toll 49, at Highway 155.

Officials said the toll will eventually reach I-20, making it faster for people to get in and out of Tyler, and ultimately bring in more business.

"I think it will attract more people, more shoppers, more people coming to get medical services,  getting educational services using our retail outlets  from a larger area because getting in and out will be simpler," said Tom Mullins, Economic Development Council.

So far, drivers have only been able to drive on the completed parts of Loop 49 from Highway 155 to Paluxy.  However, later this year, drivers will be able to get from Highway 31, west of Tyler, all the way to highway 110, outside of Whitehouse. Extending Toll 49 to a total of 16 miles.

Larry Krantz, with TX DOT, said eventually Highway 31 will reach all the way to I-20. 

"This segment connects to state highway 31, west of Tyler; from there what's known was segment 3B, or the 3rd project. That's going on right now and is being built by the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority and that's going to take Toll 49 from highway 31 to I-20, "said Krantz.

"This route will allow people to get from the southern part of Tyler and Smith County around the west side in about 15 minutes rather than the 30 or 40 that it takes  now," said Mullins.

Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority said they plan to have segment 3B, from Highway 31 to I-20 open by early 2013.

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