TYLER, TX (KLTV) - After being sworn in for his third and final term, Tyler Mayor Martin Heines and other city representatives gathered at Harvey Hall for the State of the City address.
While there, Mayor Heines discussed the work that's been done on the city's infrastructure thus far, as well as his goals going forward.
Heines touched on the city's newly constructed bike trails, work being done on city parks, and at the Golden Road Water Treatment Plant saying, "If cities are economic engines infrastructure is surely the frame work on which that engine depends."
Heines told the city leaders and community members in attendance that he plans to continue putting an emphasis on infrastructure as he heads into his third term.
"In the next decade we anticipate spending $100 million on 100 projects to improve and rebuild our water and waste water systems," says Heines.
After the event Heines spoke about the city's new plan to reduce traffic, saying the city's outdated traffic light system is to blame.
"We have 1970's technology when the traffic amount was at least half of what it is today, so it's incumbent upon us to really move all of our traffic signals to the smart technology systems," he says.
The city says a new traffic light system would be covered by the half cents sales tax. The proposal still has to go before their board for approval.
In conjunction with his plans, the mayor proclaimed May 14-May 21 as Infrastructure Week within the City of Tyler.