Interstate 69E

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Interstate 69E marker

Interstate 69E
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Existed: December 5, 2011 (2011-12-05) (as I-69) – present
East Rio Grande Valley segment
Length: 53.3 mi[1] (85.8 km)
South end: Veterans International Bridge (to Fed. 101 / Fed. 180) in Brownsville
North end:
Bus. US 77 near Raymondville
Corpus Christi Area segment
Length: 7.8 mi (12.6 km)
South end: SH 44 in Robstown
North end: I-37 in Corpus Christi
Highway system

Interstate 69E (I-69E) is a south–north freeway running through South Texas. Once complete the freeway will begin at Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville and head northward before terminating near Victoria as both I-69W and I-69E intersect into Interstate 69 towards Houston. For its entire length, I-69E shares its alignment with US 77.

History[edit]

The interchange between I-37 and I-69E/US 77

A stated goal of Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) I-69 initiative is that "existing suitable freeway sections of the proposed system be designated as I-69 as soon as possible."[2] A bill was introduced and passed by the House of Representatives that allows interstate quality sections of US 59, US 77, and US 281 to be signed as I-69 regardless of whether or not they connected to other interstate highways.

Texas Department of Transportation submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to designate 75 miles of US 59 in the Houston area and 8 miles of US 77 near Corpus Christi as I-69, as these sections are already built to interstate standards and connect to other interstate highways. In August 2011, TxDOT received approval from FHWA for a six-mile segment of US 77 between I-37 and SH 44 near Corpus Christi, and was approved by the AASHTO in October 2011.[3] Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011 to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown-Corpus Christi section.[4]

The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation for the East Rio Grande Valley Segment on May 24, 2013,[5] and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013.[6] This action finalized the designations of not only I-69E, but also of the sections of I-69C from Pharr north to the end of the US 281 freeway facility near Edinburg, and also Interstate 2 (I-2), which is a 46.8-mile (75.3 km) freeway that runs from Palmview to Harlingen and connects with I-69C and I-69E.[5] These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley.[7] The signage was installed in summer 2013.[8]

As of June 2013, the cluster consisting of the recently designated portions of I-69E, I-69C, 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;[9] funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.[10]

Exit list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Cameron Brownsville US 77 south / US 83 south – Veterans International Bridge 0.1 miles (0.16 km) north of University Boulevard intersection
Polk Street southbound exit only
1.3 2.1 SH 4 (International Boulevard) – International Airport, Gateway International Bridge
2.3 3.7 12th Street / 14th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.6 4.2 6th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.7 4.3 SH 48 (Boca Chica Boulevard) – Airport
3.3 5.3 Price Road / Old Alice Road
4.3 6.9
Bus. US 77 south / FM 802 (Ruben M. Torres Sr. Boulevard)
5.2 8.4 Pablo Kisel Boulevard Northbound exit only
6.0 9.7 Morrison Road
6.9 11.1 FM 3248 (Alton Gloor Boulevard)
7.9 12.7 Stillman Road / Old Alice Road
8.9 14.3 Merryman Road
9.8 15.8 FM 1732 – Olmito
10.6 17.1 FM 511 / FM 803 – Port of Brownsville
11.8 19.0 Rancho Viejo (Rancho Viejo Drive) proposed FM 803 relocation
13.2 21.2 Carmen Avenue
14.2 22.9 Roberta Road
15.3 24.6 FM 1421 / SH 100 – South Padre Island
16.4 26.4 Frontage Road
  17.3 27.8
Bus. US 77 north / FM 732 – San Benito
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
San Benito 18.6 29.9 FM 732 (Line M Road)
19.6 31.5 McCulloch Street no direct southbound exit (access is at SH 345 / FM 2520)
20.2 32.5 SH 345 / FM 2520 (Sam Houston Boulevard) / McCulloch Street / Ratliff Street
21.7 34.9 Spur 486 (Williams Road) / Ratliff Street
22.7 36.5 FM 509 (Paso Real Highway)
Harlingen 23.5 37.8 FM 801 west / Loop 499 east (Ed Carey Drive) / New Hampshire Street – Airport
24.7 39.8 New Hampshire Street no direct northbound exit (access is at FM 801 / Loop 499)
24.8 39.9 FM 1479 (Rangerville Road) / F Street
25.9 41.7 M Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
26.4 42.5 Lincoln Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
26.9 43.3 I-2 west / US 83 west – McAllen North end of US 83 overlap; eastern terminus of I-2
27.0 43.5
Bus. US 83 west (Harrison Avenue) / Tyler Avenue (Spur 206 east) / Fairpark Boulevard
28.1 45.2
Spur 54 (Fairpark Boulevard) / Bus. US 83 west
no direct northbound exit (access is at Tyler Avenue)
28.2 45.4 FM 2994 (Wilson Road)
Harlingen-Combes line 28.4 45.7
Bus. US 77 / Loop 499 (Primera Road)
Combes 29.6 47.6 SH 107 / FM 508 – Santa Rosa, Rio Hondo
  30.2 48.6
Bus. US 77 south
  31.0 49.9 Orphanage Road / V Road
  33.1 53.3
Bus. US 77 north – Sebastian
Willacy Sebastian 35.2 56.6 Spur 413 west / FM 2629 east
37.4 60.2 FM 1018
Lyford 43.2 69.5 Spur 112 (Broadway Street)
  Spur 56
  46.1 74.2 FM 490
Raymondville 47.4 76.3 FM 3168
48.5 78.1 SH 186 – Raymondville, Port Mansfield
  50.0 80.5
FM 1762 / Bus. US 77 south / Conley Road
  53.3 85.8
Bus. US 77 south – Raymondville
no direct northbound exit (access is at FM 1762)
Gap in route
Nueces Robstown FM 892
144.0 231.7 SH 44 east – Robstown, Corpus Christi
145.0 233.4 SH 44 west – Alice
146.1 235.1 County Road 44 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  147.6 237.5
Bus. US 77 south to SH 44 west / County Road 48 – Robstown, Alice
Corpus Christi 148.3 238.7 County Road 52 northbound exit is combined with FM 624
150.0 241.4 FM 624 (Northwest Boulevard) / Leopard Street
150.2 241.7 I-37 / US 77 north – San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus Christi I-37 exit 14
Sharpsburg Road northbound exit only
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-E". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "What's Next for I-69 Texas?". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Portion of US 77 Approved as Part of U.S. Interstate System" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2013. [dead link]
  4. ^ Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Nino, Mark (May 31, 2013). "Texas Transportation Commission Approves Interstate 69 System". Brownsville, TX: KVEO-TV. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Over 100 Miles of Valley Highways To Be Designated Interstate". Rio Grande Guardian (McAllen, TX). Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Janes, Jared (July 15, 2013). "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ Staff (July 13, 2012). "Agency Gives US 77 Upgrades Final Environmental Clearance" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Clark, Steve (August 8, 2011). "Interstate Link to Valley Moves Closer to Reality, Official Says". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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