Tyler City Council authorized the city manager, on Wednesday, to sign a contract with an architect group that will design two new fire stations and oversee construction.
Tyler Fire Chief David Coble said the new stations will reduce response times, especially in South Tyler, where they are currently almost twice as long compared to the rest of the city.
Coble told CBS19 the new stations will be relocations of stations one and four, currently in North Tyler.
"Station one is moving a little further north to accommodate the area being vacated by current station four,” said Coble. “When we move the other station down south, that is to cover a brand-new area of growth down off Cumberland."
Station four will be relocated south on Cherry Hill. Coble said that area does not currently have a station and the average response time is close to eight minutes.
He said once station four is relocated there, he expects response times to drop from eight to to six minutes.
Although the architect contract has been finalized, construction won't begin until 2018. The new fire stations are expected to be finished in 2019.