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Texas Toll Loop 49

Texas Toll 49, Tyler Texas
Texas Loop 49 In Tyler

Tyler has an excellent, solid transportation infrastructure which equates to short, easy commuting times and experiences with inner Loop 323 and the new Toll Loop 49. A regional bus system and modern jetport provide additional transportation options within and outside of the city.

Texas Toll 49, being built in stages, now connects with I-20 providing an additional route from Tyler to this major Interstate route. It also alleviates traffic volumes on other Tyler traffic arteries such as Loop 323 and U.S. 69. We drive Toll 49 regularly, and are excited about its prospects for becoming a major part of the Tyler area transportation infrastructure.

Initial segments were built to the south and west of Tyler, as two-lane limited-access roadways, but overpasses and right-of-ways are designed for an eventual four-lane highway.

Toll Loop 49 is being built by the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA), an independent government agency created to accelerate the development of transportation projects in North East Texas. The NET RMA is governed by a 19-member board of directors that represent each of the member counties. It was established as the 5th RMA in Texas in October 28 of 2004 by the Texas Transportation Commission.

Automated toll collection system on Toll Loop 49 In Tyler, TexasAutomated toll collection system on Toll 49 in Tyler

The loop is being paid by innovative funding mechanisms, funded by tolls, and will allow completion of the loop 15-20 years earlier than if the road had been traditionally funded.

Toll 49 already connects to Interstate Highway I-20, just west of Lindale, and will eventually travel beyond I-20 to an intersection with U.S. 69 north of Lindale. To the east, from Whitehouse, Loop 49 will connect with I-20 at a point still under discussion, near or east of the Smith-Greggy County line.

Toll 49 was designed and built to move automobiles and trucks over long distances at 70 miles per hour. Like other high-speed Texas toll roads and Interstate highways, bicycle traffic is considered unsafe and is not allowed. Bicyclists riding on shoulders are a distraction to motorists, and remove the motorists' safety zone from oncoming traffic veering into their lane.

Toll Collections on Loop 49

Completed segment of Toll Loop 49 in TylerCompleted segment of Toll Loop 49 in Tyler

Like other new toll roads in Texas, Toll 49 uses state-of-the-art technology and unmanned toll booths that allow drivers to pay tolls electronically, without having to stop.

Toll 49 recognizes the statewide TxTag in addition to the Dallas area TollTag and the Houston area EZ TAG.

If a vehicle does not have an electronic toll tag, a bill for the toll charges are mailed to the vehicle owner via the "Pay by Mail" system.

Visit the TxTag website and sign-up for toll tag online

East Texas Hourglass: Network of Tollways and Freeways

Toll 49 is the first part of the "East Texas Hourglass", a major network of tollways and freeways designed to ease congestion and provide faster connections between the East Texas cities of Tyler, Longview, Kilgore, and Marshall.

Toll Loop 49 Segments around TylerToll Loop 49 Segments around Tyler
including the proposed East Section Corridor (Segment 6A) (Courtesy of the TxDOT)

Preliminary drawing showing the general route for Toll 49 towards Longview and Marshall including segments 6, 6A, 7, 8 and 8A Preliminary drawing showing the general route for Toll 49 towards Longview and Marshall including segments 6, 6A, 7, 8 and 8A (Courtesy of the NET RMA)

Today, in 2014, five segments of the loop are completed, and other segments are in the planning stage. A total of 26 miles are now open between State Highway 110 East near Whitehouse and Interstate I-20 near Lindale. The cost for passenger cars with a toll tag is $2.69, and $2.85 for those without a tag.

Texas Toll 49 Segments and Construction Status

Shown below is a recap of the status of Toll 49 Segments:

Segment
Miles
Location
Status
1
5.0
Highway 155 to Old Jacksonville Highway (FM 2493) to U.S. 69 Opened
August 2006
2
2.0
U.S. 69 to Paluxy Drive (FM 756) Opened
January 2008
3A
5.9
Highway 155 to Highway 31 West Opened
11/09/2012
3B
10.4

Highway 31 West to I-20
(Groundbreaking on 01/21/11)

Opened
03/28/2013
4
6.7
Lindale Relief Route:
I-20 to U.S. 69 north of Lindale
Planning stage
5
2.5
Paluxy Drive (FM 756) to Highway 110 (Troup Highway) Opened
06/28/2012
6
Highway 110 (Troup Highway) to I-20 near or east of the Smith-Gregg County line Planning stage
6A
Branch off Segment 6 to I-20 near the US271/Hwy 155 area forming the east side of the outer Tyler loop Planning stage
7
I-20 to U.S. 259 north of Longview Planning stage
8
U.S. 259 north of Longview to U.S. 59 north of Marshall Planning stage
8A
Branch off Segment 8 forming the east side of an outer Longview loop to I-20 Planning stage

For more details and status, visit the official Toll 49 website.

Texas Toll Loop 49 Photographs

Completed overpass on Toll Loop 49 Segment 1 near Old Jacksonville Highway in TylerCompleted overpass on Toll Loop 49 Segment 1 near Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler
Close-up of Tyler rose logo on Loop 49 overpass in TylerClose-up of Tyler rose logo on Toll 49 overpass in Tyler
Overpass on Toll Loop 49 near Old Jacksonville Highway with wildflowers in bloomOverpass on Toll Loop 49 near Old Jacksonville Highway with wildflowers in bloom
Toll Road Loop 49 toll rates sign in TylerToll Road Loop 49 toll rates sign in Tyler
Pay by TxTag or pay by mail ... on Toll Loop 49, Tyler, TexasPay by TxTag or pay by mail ... on Toll Loop 49, Tyler, Texas
Construction of Toll Loop 49 Segment 5 at Paluxy Drive (September 2011)Construction of Toll 49 Segment 5 at Paluxy Drive (September 2011)
Construction of Toll Loop 49 Segment 5 at Paluxy Drive (September 2011)Construction of Toll Loop 49 Segment 5 at Paluxy Drive (September 2011)
Construction of Toll Loop 49 Segment 3A west of Highway 155 (September 2011)Construction of Toll Loop 49 Segment 3A west of Highway 155 (September 2011)

Highway Infrastructure in and Around Tyler Texas

Texas Interstate 20 Welcome CenterTexas Interstate 20 Welcome Center
near Wascom

Interstate Highway I-20 is a short 15 minute drive from downtown Tyler via U.S. 69 or U.S. 271, or from other parts of Tyler via Toll Loop 49.

U.S. Highway 69 is the major north-south route through the city. U.S. Highway 271 heads northeast from Tyler to its intersection with I-20, and then heads to Gladewater.

Texas Highway 31 is a major east-west corridor, to Kilgore and Athens. Highways 64 and 110 are also major routes in and out of Tyler, providing a more northwest-southeast alignment.

Loop 323 functions as a ground-level 4-6 lane inner-loop, while the new Toll Loop 49 is evolving into a large outer-loop.

Important Tyler area transportation links

Official Toll 49 website

North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA)

TxTag website

TxDOT Tyler District

TxDOT Statewide Road Conditions

Tyler Transit

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport



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