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Toll 49, cyclist discussion tabled


The Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority met Tuesday afternoon to discuss prohibiting cycling on an East Texas tollway.

After a discussion on whether or not to allow cyclists on Toll 49, the NET RMA decided to table the issue. A vote will be held in 60 days. A meeting can also be called before that time if need me.

The board discussed alternatives to banning bicyclists, including adding caution signage or creating a separate bike lane. They say adding a bike lane to Toll 49 would cost around a million dollars a mile, money the board says they do not have.

Toll 49 is the proposed corridor in North East Texas connecting Tyler, Longview and Marshall and is the NET RMA's top priority project.

The first segment of the tollway, which extends from State Highway 155 east to US 69, opened in August 2006. The second segment, extending from US 69 to Paluxy Road, opened in January 2008. A third segment opened in November 2012, connecting State Highway 155 to State Highway 31.

Once complete, Toll 49 will form a loop around the south and west sides of Tyler.

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