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 in Brownsville
North end:
Bus. US 77 near Raymondville
Corpus Christi Area segment
Length: 6.2 mi (10.0 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 heads 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
Rio Grande 0.0 0.0 Veterans International Bridge; southern terminus, south end of US 83 overlap
Cameron Brownsville 1.3 2.1 SH 4 (International Boulevard, 18th Street)
2.3 3.7 12th–14th streets Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.6 4.2 McDavit Boulevard/6th–7th streets Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.7 4.3 SH 48 (Boca Chica Boulevard) – Port Isabel
3.3 5.3 Price Road
4.3 6.9
Bus. US 77 south / FM 802 (Ruben M. Torress Boulevard) – Brownsville
5.2 8.4 Frontage Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
6.0 9.7 Morrison Road
6.9 11.1 Alton Gloor Boulevard
7.9 12.7 Stillman Road
  8.9 14.3 Marryman Road
Olmito 9.8 15.8 FM 1732 west (Anacua Street)
10.6 17.1 FM 511 east to SH 550
Rancho Viejo 11.8 19.0 Alvarado Avenue
13.2 21.2 Frontage Road
14.2 22.9 Roberta Road
  15.3 24.6 SH 100 east – Port Isabel
  16.4 26.4 Frontage Road No southbound exit
San Benito 17.3 27.8
Bus. US 77 north – Harlingen
17.8 28.6 Frontage Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
18.6 29.9 Scaief Street
19.6 31.5 McCullough Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
20.2 32.5 FM 2520 (Sam Houston Boulevard)
21.7 34.9 Oscar Williams Road
22.7 36.5 FM 509 north / FM 1846 (Helen Moore Road) – Rio Hondo
Harlingen 23.5 37.8 Loop 499 north (Ed Carey Drive) / FM 801 south – Rangerville
24.7 39.8 New Hampshire Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
24.8 39.9 FM 1479 south (Rangerville Road) / F Street – Rangerville
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 – McAllen, Laredo North end of US 83 overlap; eastern terminus of I-2
27.0 43.5 Spur 206 east (Tyler Avenue, Harrison Avenue) – Harlingen
28.1 45.2 Spur 54 (Fair Park Boulevard) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
28.2 45.4 Wilson Road
28.4 45.7
Bus. US 77 (Commerce Street)
Combes 29.6 47.6 Templeton Avenue
  30.2 48.6
Bus. US 77 south
  31.0 49.9 Ballenger Road
  33.1 53.3
Bus. US 77 north – Raymondville
Willacy Sebastian 35.2 56.6 FM 506 west / FM 2629 – Sebastian
37.4 60.2 Sandia County Road
  40.6 65.3 Ponciana County Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Lyford 42.4 68.2 FM 498
43.2 69.5 5th Street – Lyford
Raymondville 46.1 74.2 FM 490
47.4 76.3 FM 3168
48.5 78.1 SH 186 – Linn, Port Mansfield
  50.0 80.5 FM 1762
  53.3 85.8
Bus. US 77 south – Raymondville
Current northern terminus of East Rio Grande Valley segment of I-69E
Gap in route
Nueces Robstown 144.0 231.7 SH 44 east – Corpus Christi Northbound exit and southbound entrance; SH 44 overlaps frontage roads; Current southern terminus of Corpus Christi Area segment of I-69E
145.0 233.4 SH 44 west – Alice
  146.1 235.1 CR 44 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
 
Bus. US 77 south
Northbound exit is part of CR 44 exit and southbound exit is part of CR 48 exit
  147.6 237.5 CR 48
  148.3 238.7 CR 52
Corpus Christi 150.0 241.4 Northwest Boulevard, Leopard Street
150.2 241.7 I‑37 south – Corpus Christi Current northern terminus of Corpus Christi Area segment of I-69E
Gap in route
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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]

Route map: Google / Bing