New construction project will expand W. Loop 323 to six lanes

New construction project will expand W. Loop 323 to six lanes
Released by the Texas Department of Transportation:

TYLER, TX - Construction work is scheduled to begin Monday to expand Tyler’s West Loop 323 to six lanes, build a new railroad overpass and eliminate the bottleneck between Bellwood Drive and and Front Street.

“Weather has played a big role in delaying the start of this project, but we’re on go now,” said TxDOT public information officer Larry Krantz. “It’s going to be an interesting project to watch.”

The $12.2 million project calls for building a temporary railroad overpass adjacent to the existing location, demolishing the existing structure and then building a longer, more modern overpass to accommodate the additional lanes built beneath it.
Raised medians will also be added, filling the gap between Bellwood Drive and Elm Street.
Additionally, the project will greatly expand the intersection of Loop 323 and West Front Street to accommodate free-right-turn lanes and dual left-turn lanes for Loop 323 traffic onto West Front Street.

“We’re outgrowing our infrastructure in Tyler,” Krantz said. “And while that can be painful in the short term, in the long run it says good things about the economy in Tyler and across East Texas.”

The work is largely scheduled to be done during nighttime hours and on weekends, but some daytime lane closures and turn restrictions may be in effect at various times during the project.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.