TYLER (KYTX) - Cyclists are one step closer to gaining permanent access to parts of Toll 49. They have raised the $60,000 required by the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority to pay for safety improvements on the road.
Specifically, the money would help pay for striping and signs on the parts of the road that cyclists would be allowed to use. Those stripes would create a four foot bike lane in the shoulder. Both NET RMA and cyclists have agreed this is what's needed to keep everyone on this toll road safe.
At the NET RMA meeting on July 9, board members will vote to move forward with the engineering plan. It could then take up to 4 months to send out bids and choose a company. If everything is approved, and all goes according to plan, we could see this striping finished later this year.
Here's another potential roadblock: the Texas Transportation Commission may be voting June 27 to ban bicycles from all TxDot controlled toll roads in Texas. That would not ban cyclists on Toll 49 because its controlled by NET RMA - but if it passes, NET RMA could choose to follow suit. As of now, it plans to allow cyclists to continue riding on the road.