TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler City Council has approved funding to initiate a bike project, giving easier access to downtown and more connectivity between Texas State College, Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas at Tyler.
The twelve-lane proposal comes with a $186,469 sponsorship on behalf of the city. TxDOT will pay the remaining funds, but no more than 80% of the project, though a grant. City of Tyler Public Works Director Scott Taylor estimates this to be about a $1 million project upon completion. He says, "The goal is to create new bike paths while connecting current ones, in addition to safety".
For Tyler Simpson, a cyclist and the owner of Fitness and Adventure Sports, the project is more than about safety. "This is a really great thing for the Tyler area. It is probably one of the best things to happen to Tyler, to make it attractive to our younger, well educated, active individuals, that's happened in a long time."
Students and Staff at The University of Texas at Tyler will spearhead the engineering and research required for the project.
The project will add stripped bike lanes to already existing roadways, and isn't expected to cause major road construction, said Taylor.
The project is expected to be complete by November of 2019.