I-2 highlighted in red
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||46.8 mi (75.3 km)|
|Existed:||May 30, 2013 – present|
|West end:||US 83 in Palmview|
|I‑69C / US 281 in Pharr|
|East end:||I‑69E / US 77 in Harlingen|
Interstate 2 (I-2) is a west–east 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.
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; and likewise with I-69C in the town of Pharr. The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation on May 24, 2013, and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013. 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. These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley. The signage was installed in summer 2013.
As of June 2013[update], 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; funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.
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All exits are unnumbered.
|Hidalgo||Palmview||0.00||0.00||US 83 north||Western terminus|
|2.60||4.18||FM 492 (Goodwin Road) / Abram Road|
|3.90||6.28||SH 364 (La Homa Road) / Bensten Palm Drive|
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|
|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|
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)|
|Val Verde Road|
|FM 493 (Daniel Salinas Boulevard)|
|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|
|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|
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
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Essex, Allen (May 30, 2013). "State Adds I-69 to Interstate System". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Interstate Highway No. 2". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- Staff (May 30, 2013). "Interstate 69" (PDF). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- Vitale, Marty (May 4, 2013) (PDF). Special Committee on US Route Numbering Report to SCOH on May 3, 2013 Meeting (Report). Providence, RI: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. http://route.transportation.org/Documents/Report%20to%20SCOH%20from%20USRN%20SM2013%20May%203.pdf. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
- Vitale, Marty (November 16, 2012) (PDF). SCOH Report from Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering Annual Meeting (Report). Pittsburgh, PA: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. http://route.transportation.org/Documents/SCOH%20Report%2011-16-2012.pdf. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
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- Taylor, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Over 100 Miles of Valley Highways To Be Designated Interstate". Rio Grande Guardian (McAllen, TX). Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- Janes, Jared (July 15, 2013). "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Staff (July 13, 2012). "Agency Gives US 77 Upgrades Final Environmental Clearance" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- Clark, Steve (August 8, 2011). "Interstate Link to Valley Moves Closer to Reality, Official Says". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved June 7, 2013.