TxDOT is developing preliminary plans for the expansion of US 271 from FM 16 north to the Upshur County line. The scope includes expanding the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided highway with flush and depressed median sections. Additionally, the project includes the expansion of SL 485 around the city of Gladewater to a four-lane divided highway with a continuous left-turn lane.


Enhancements to this heavily traveled corridor include:

  • Widening from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway with flush and depressed median sections
  • Redesigning the roadway’s grades and curves to meet current standards

The project will require the acquisition of additional right of way.

Get Involved

TxDOT hosted the first public meeting on April 24, 2018. Three alternatives were presented for public comment.

TxDOT hosted the second public meeting on Oct. 23, 2018. The preferred alternative was presented to the public. A copy of this alternative is available for viewing through the Interactive Map link below.

TxDOT plans to host a third public meeting in the form of a public hearing. The public hearing's details will be posted to this website as they become available. Adjacent property owners will receive notification by mail. All interested citizens will have a chance to provide input, voice concerns and ask questions.


Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TxDOT has suspended its in-person public involvement efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension will impact this project's development schedule. At this moment, the extent of the delay is unknown and dependent on future guidance. We will update this webpage as more information becomes available. Public safety is a top priority for the department. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The project is expected to be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 extends from FM 16 in Smith County north to State Loop 485 in the city of Gladewater. Phase 2 involves the widening of the existing State Loop 485 around the east side of Gladewater and then continuing along US 271 to the Upshur County line.

Next steps include the following:

  • Public Hearing - fall of 2020 (tentatively)
  • Environmental Clearance - early 2021 (tentatively)
  • Begin Right-of-Way Acquisition - summer of 2021
  • Phase 1 Construction is funded in 2022, based on current financial forecasts
  • Phase 2 Construction is funded in 2024, based on current financial forecasts


Contact Us:

TxDOT Tyler District
Office of Advanced Project Development
2709 W. Front Street
Tyler, Tx 75702
(903) 510-9100