Interstate 69C

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Interstate 69C marker

Interstate 69C
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Existed: May 30, 2013 (2013-05-30) – present
Central Rio Grande Valley segment
Length: 13.5 mi[1] (21.7 km)
South end: I‑2 / US 83 in Pharr
North end:
Bus. US 281 near Edinburg
Highway system

Interstate 69C (I-69C) is a south–north freeway running through South Texas. Once complete the freeway will begin at Interstate 2/U.S. Highway 83 in Pharr and head northward before terminating in George West at the future I-69W. For its entire length, I-69C shares its alignment with US 281.

History[edit]

Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg, TX near the temporary northern terminus of I-69C
Live Oak County Courthouse in George West, TX near the future northern terminus of I-69C

The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation for the South Rio Grande Valley Segment on May 24, 2013,[2] and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013.[3] This action finalized the designations of not only I-69C, but also of the sections of Interstate 69E (I-69E) from Brownsville north to north of Raymondville, and also Interstate 2 (I-2) which is a 46.8-mile (75.3 km) freeway connecting with I-69C and I-69E in Mission and Harlingen.[2] These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley.[4] The signage was installed in summer 2013.[5]

As of June 2013, the cluster consisting of the recently designated portions of I-69C, I-69E, and I-2 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;[6] funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.[7] During August 2014, exit numbering began on the south most segment in Edinburg.

Exit list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Hidalgo Pharr 0.0 0.0 I‑2 / US 83 (Expressway 83) – McAllen, Harlingen Southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern terminus
0.8 1.3 US 281 South - Pharr/ SH 495-Ferguson Avenue
1.2 1.9 Sioux Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.5 2.4 FM 3461 west (Earling Street) / Nolana Loop
2.5 4.0
Bus. US 281 north – Edinburg
3.2 5.1 Trenton Road
Edinburg 4.2 6.8 I Road, Canton Road
5.3 8.5 Freddy Gonzalez Drive
6.6 10.6 SH 107 / University Drive – UTPA, Mission No northbound entrance
7.1 11.4 FM 2128 east / Schunior Road / Richarson Road / Chapin Road No southbound entrance
  8.2 13.2 Russell Road, Rogers Road
  8.6 13.8 FM 1925 / Monte Cristo Road – Elsa No northbound entrance
  13.5 21.7
Bus. US 281 south – Edinburg
No southbound entrance; Current northern terminus of Central Rio Grande Valley segment of I-69C
Temporary northern terminus of I-69C; US 281 continues north
Brooks   FM 3066 (Baluarte Creek Road)
Falfurrias
Bus. US 281 south (Saint Mary's Street)
SH 285 (Rice Street)

Bus. US 281 north (Saint Mary's Street)
Jim Wells   FM 1418
Gap in route
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Interstate Highway No. 69-C". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (May 30, 2013). "Interstate 69 Comes to Texarkana and the Valley" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nino, Mark (May 31, 2013). "Texas Transportation Commission Approves Interstate 69 System". Brownsville, TX: KVEO-TV. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Over 100 Miles of Valley Highways To Be Designated Interstate". Rio Grande Guardian (McAllen, TX). Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Janes, Jared (July 15, 2013). "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Staff (July 13, 2012). "Agency Gives US 77 Upgrades Final Environmental Clearance" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Clark, Steve (August 8, 2011). "Interstate Link to Valley Moves Closer to Reality, Official Says". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing