Tyler regional trail system approved for 56 miles of bike lanes, Longview and Winnsboro trail improvements approved

Published on Monday, 30 October 2017 10:13 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

Tyler was approved for fifty-six miles of bike lanes with symbols and signs. The city's regional trail system was among 46 of the bicycle and pedestrian projects approved by the Texas Transportation Commission for rural, nonurban and small urban population areas across the state.

The commission approved more than $44 million for the 46 projects in its October meeting, according to to a press release from the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. 

The Tyler District projects's also include improvements to the Winnsboro and Longview trail systems. 

The Tyler BikeStripe project will add bike lanes that will be 4 to 6 feet wide, depending on location, and will include bike lane symbols and bike route signs.

The project will complete connectivity between several regional parks, hospitals, schools, business complexes, residential subdivisions and downtown.

Longview was approved for improvements to The Guthrie Creek shared use path. The project will complete two gap sections within the Guthrie Creek Trail system, a shared use path for bicycle and pedestrian use.

The 1.6-mile path sections run adjacent to Guthrie Creek from Johnston Street to Eden Drive and from U.S. Highway 80 to Spur 63. The concrete path will be 12 feet wide and will include five pedestrian bridges over creeks and a pedestrian underpasses at Spur 63 and Spur 502. Additional improvements include crosswalks and warning signs at surface roadway. Crossings, benches, shade trees and trash receptacles will be added along the path. 

Winnsboro will add a half-mile of 6-foot-wide sidewalks along Meadows/Martha Drives and Knight Street and through a future city park. The Knight Street Sidewalks project will connect to the city’s 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program sidewalk project that is still under construction.

The sidewalk connect neighborhoods to Winnsboro Elementary School. The project includes signs and crosswalks for safety and a culvert crossing of Indian Creek.

The funding for the projects is from the federal Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program supports population areas of 200,000 or less. State-selected TASA projects are intended to enhance safety for people of all ages and levels of ability, improve mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, help mitigate congestion and connect important community destinations. 

“Bicycle and pedestrian projects are important to many Texans,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III. “Funding for these projects will help enhance our state’s bicycle and pedestrian programs.” 

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