Interstate 2

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Interstate 2 marker

Interstate 2
I-2 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 46.8 mi[2][3] (75.3 km)
Existed: May 30, 2013 (2013-05-30)[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 83 in Palmview
  I‑69C / US 281 in Pharr
East end: I‑69E / US 77 in Harlingen
Highway system
SH 1 SH 3

Interstate 2 (I-2) is an east–west Interstate Highway running through the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. It begins at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 (US 83) and Business US 83 west of Mission and heads eastward before terminating at I-69E/US 77 in Harlingen. For its entire length, I-2 shares its alignment with US 83. I-2 also parallels Mexican Federal Highway 2, a major east–west route that traces the Mexico-U.S. border along the Mexican shore of the Rio Grande.

History[edit]

What is now I-2/US 83 running through a major retail district of McAllen in 2005

On April 1, 2013, the Texas Transportation Commission applied to use the I-2 designation on US 83 from Palmview to Harlingen. Approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials at their May meeting, this 47-mile-long (76 km) freeway is already constructed as an Interstate-grade limited-access facility. It connects with I-69E at Harlingen;[4] and likewise with I-69C in the town of Pharr.[5] The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation on May 24, 2013,[6] and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013.[7] This action finalized the designations of not only I-2, but also of the sections of I-69E from Brownsville to Raymondville, I-69C from Pharr north to the end of the US 281 freeway facility near Edinburg, and also I-369 along a short segment of US 59 freeway west of Texarkana, which will be part of the proposed 115-mile (185 km) connector between the main I-69 trunk in Tenaha and Texarkana.[6] These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley.[8] The signage was installed in summer 2013.[9]

As of June 2013, the cluster consisting of the recently designated portions of I-2, I-69C, and I-69E in the Rio Grande Valley is not connected to the national Interstate network. This situation is slated to be remedied by scheduled projects to complete I-69E along US 77 between Raymondville and Robstown, and to complete the southern end of the previously signed portion of the I-69 corridor connecting with I-37 west of Corpus Christi. Environmental Protection Agency approval for the upgrade of the US 77 alignment to Interstate standards, including bypasses of the towns along the 91-mile (146 km) routing, was obtained through a Finding of No Significant Impact statement issued on July 13, 2012;[10] funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.[11]

Exit list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Hidalgo Palmview 0.00 0.00 US 83 north Western terminus
1.40 2.25 Showers Road
2.60 4.18 FM 492 (Goodwin Road) / Abram Road
3.90 6.28 SH 364 (La Homa Road) / Bensten Palm Drive
Mission
Bus. US 83 (Inspiration Road)
Holland Avenue – Alton Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Los Ebanos Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
SH 107 north (Conway Avenue) / FM 1016 south
Bryan Road
FM 494 (Shary Road)
McAllen FM 487 north (Ware Road) / FM 2220
Spur 115 (23rd Street) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
SH 336 (10th Street) / Bicentennial Boulevard
2nd Street
Pharr Jackson Avenue

Bus. US 83 – McAllen
Sugar Road, Polk Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
I‑69C north / US 281 – Hidalgo, Edinburg Southern terminus of I-69C
San Juan I Road No westbound entrance
FM 1426 (Nebraska Avenue/Raul Longoria Road)
Alamo Cesar Chavez Road
FM 907 (Alamo Road)
Tower Road
  Val Verde Road
Donna Hutto Road
Main Street
FM 493 (Daniel Salinas Boulevard)
Victoria Road
Weslaco Westgate Drive
FM 88 (Texas Boulevard) – Elsa
Airport Drive/Pike Boulevard – Mid Valley Airport
Mercedes 3 Mile Road West
2 Mile Road West
Vermont Avenue No eastbound entrance
FM 491 (Texas Avenue) – La Villa
1 Mile Road East
2 Mile Road East
Cameron La Feria FM 1425
Cantu Road
Rabb Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
FM 506 (Main Street) – Santa Rosa Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Palm Valley Kansas City Road
White Ranch Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
FM 800 (Bass Boulevard)
Harlingen Altas Palmas Road, Tamm Lane
Stuart Place Road
Lewis Lane

Bus. US 83 north / Spur 54 north
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Loop 206 east (Tyler Avenue) / Dixieland Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
46.80 75.32 I‑69E / US 77 north – Raymondville
I‑69E / US 77 / US 83 south – Brownsville
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Essex, Allen (May 30, 2013). "State Adds I-69 to Interstate System". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Interstate Highway No. 2". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Staff (May 30, 2013). "Interstate 69" (PDF). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vitale, Marty (May 4, 2013) (PDF). Report TO SCOH on May 3, 2013 Meeting (Report). Special Committee on US Route Numbering, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. http://route.transportation.org/Documents/Report%20to%20SCOH%20from%20USRN%20SM2013%20May%203-May%207.pdf. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering and U.S. Bicycle Route Systems (November 16, 2012). "SCOH Report from Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering Annual Meeting" (PDF). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Staff (May 30, 2013). "Interstate 69 Comes to Texarkana and the Valley" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Nino, Mark (May 31, 2013). "Texas Transportation Commission Approves Interstate 69 System". Brownsville, TX: KVEO-TV. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Over 100 Miles of Valley Highways To Be Designated Interstate". Rio Grande Guardian (McAllen, TX). Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Janes, Jared (July 15, 2013). "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff (July 13, 2012). "Agency Gives US 77 Upgrades Final Environmental Clearance" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Clark, Steve (August 8, 2011). "Interstate Link to Valley Moves Closer to Reality, Official Says". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing