Interstate 69 in Texas
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|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||135.6 mi (218.2 km)|
|Existed:||December 5, 2011– present|
|South Houston Area segment|
|Length:||28.4 mi (45.7 km)|
|South end:||US 59 in Rosenberg|
|North end:||West loop of I‑610 in Houston|
|North Houston Area segment|
|Length:||35.0 mi (56.3 km)|
|South end:||North loop of I‑610 in Houston|
|North end:||US 59 near Cleveland|
Interstate 69 (I-69) in the U.S. state of Texas is an extension of that existing Interstate Highway that is planned to pass through the eastern part of the state and along the Gulf Coast to Victoria, where it will split into multiple segments with I-69E terminating at Brownsville, I-69C terminating at Pharr, and I-69W terminating at Laredo.
As of May 2013[update], there are currently two disconnected segments of the interstate:
- A 35-mile-long (56 km) stretch from the northern section of I-610 in Houston to Liberty County (co-signed with US 59)
- A 28-mile (45 km) stretch from the western section of I-610 in Houston to near Rosenberg (co-signed with US 59)
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has approved an additional 53 miles (85 km) of US 77 from Brownsville to Raymondville for designation as I-69, which will be signed as I-69E upon concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). FHWA approval for this segment was announced on May 29, 2013.
The congressionally designated I-69 corridor begins at the Mexican border with 3 auxiliary routes:
- I-69W begins at the entrance to the World Trade International Bridge, which connects to Mexican Federal Highway 85D, near the border in Laredo. It is co-signed with both US 59 and Loop 20 and extends 1.4 miles to I-35 (which connects to Mexican Federal Highway 85 south of the border). It will continue on US 59 east to George West (where it will intersect I-69C and I-37) and then continues to Victoria.
- I-69C (with connections to Mexican Federal Highway 97) begins in Pharr at I-2 and is designated for 13.5 miles through Edinburg and co-signed with US 281. It is planned to continue north along US 281 to George West where it will intersect I-69W.
- I-69E begins just north of the Veterans International Bridge (which connects to both Mexican Federal Highway 101 and Mexican Federal Highway 180) near the border in Brownsville and continues for 53 miles through Harlingen where it intersects I-2 and past Raymondville and co-signed with US 77, it is also co-signed with US 83 from Brownsville to Harlingen. The route will follow the US 77 corridor north to Corpus Christi (where a 6.2 mile segment is already designated as I-69E and co-signed with US 77, it intersects I-37 there) and then continues north to Victoria.
All three routes will merge just south of Victoria, Texas, where mainline I-69 will follow US 59 northeast to Fort Bend County. In the Houston area, I-69 follows US 59 (Southwest Freeway) from Fort Bend County to the west loop of Interstate 610 (I-610). I-69 then follows US 59 (Eastex Freeway) from the north loop of I-610 to the Liberty-Montgomery county line. The segment of US 59 inside Loop I-610, through downtown Houston, has been submitted for designation as Interstate 69 and is awaiting approval.
Current plans have I-69 continuing to follow US 59 to the north, serving Cleveland, Shepherd, Livingston, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Tenaha. At Tenaha, I-69 will head into Louisiana along the US 84 corridor. The segment of US 59 from Tenaha to Texarkana will be signed as Interstate 369 (I-369).
Since the first section of US 77 between Corpus Christi and Robstown has been signed as I-69, it implies that the I-69 mainline will follow the coastal (US-77) route from Victoria to Brownsville. This also implies that the branch along US 59 from Victoria to Laredo and the branch along US 281 from George West to Pharr are to be signed as either 3-digit spurs of I-69 (I-x69) or as separate 2-digit interstate routes. While federal legislation designating the south Texas branches as I-69 suggests that these routes may be designated as "I-69E" (east, following US-77), "I-69C" (central, following US-281), and "I-69W" (west, following US-59), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Special Committee on Route Numbering rejected the Texas Department of Transportation's request for these three designations along the proposed I-69 branches, citing that AASHTO policy no longer allows Interstate highways to be signed as suffixed routes. Stating that the I-69E, I-69C, and I-69W designations for the three I-69 branches south of Victoria, Texas were written into federal law, the initial denial of TxDOT's applications were subsequently overturned by the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, and the approval for the I-69E, I-69C, and I-69W branch designations were confirmed by the AASHTO Board of Directors, pending concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration during the AASHTO Spring Meeting on May 7, 2013. During this same meeting, the section of US-83 between Harlingen and Palmview was conditionally approved to be designated as Interstate 2 (I-2), with FHWA concurrence. The US-83 freeway in south Texas was widely anticipated to receive an I-x69 designation instead of I-2. In any case, Texas is proceeding in the same fashion as Indiana, conducting environmental studies for its portion of I-69 in a two-tier process. The mainline route through Texas will be approximately 500 miles (800 km). On June 11, 2008, TxDOT announced they planned to limit further study of I-69 to existing highway corridors (US 59, US 77, US 84, US 281, and SH 44) outside transition zones in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Houston, and Texarkana.
Texas originally sought a public-private partnership to construct much of the route through Texas as a privately operated toll road under the failed Trans-Texas Corridor project. However, on June 26, 2008, TxDOT announced that they had approved a proposal by Zachry American and ACS Infrastructure to develop the I-69 corridor in Texas, beginning with upgrades to the US 77 corridor between Brownsville and I-37; the Zachry/ACS plan calls for the majority of the freeway to be toll-free; the only two tolled sections would be bypasses of Riviera and Driscoll.
Original plans for the route included a potential overlap with the "TTC-35" corridor component as well, but the preferred alternative for that component follows I-35 south of San Antonio instead of entering the lower Rio Grande Valley.
TxDOT reported in June 2011 that over 230 miles of the proposed 500-mile I-69 route through the state has been completed.
As of July 2011[update], Texas has been proceeding with upgrading rural sections of US 59, US 77, and US 281 to interstate standards by replacing intersections with interchanges, and converting 2-lane stretches to 4 lanes by adding a second carriageway to the existing roadway.
A stated goal of TxDOT's I-69 initiative is that "existing suitable freeway sections of the proposed system be designated as I-69 as soon as possible." 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.
Meanwhile, TxDOT has 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. Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011 to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown-Corpus Christi section. On May 29, 2013, the Robstown-Corpus Christi section of I-69 was re-signed as I-69E.
At the May 18, 2012 meeting of AASHTO, 35 miles of US-59 (Eastex Freeway) from I-610 in Houston (on the loop's northern segment) to Fostoria Road in Liberty County were also approved as ready for I-69 signage, pending concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration. FHWA later granted concurrence and with the final approval of the Texas Transportation Commission, the 35-mile stretch was officially designated as I-69. It was announced on February 6, 2013 that FHWA had approved a 28.4 mile segment of US-59 (Southwest Freeway) from I-610 in Houston (on the loop's western segment) to just southwest of Rosenberg, The Texas Transportation Commission gave final approval later that month and signage was erected on April 3, 2013. The remaining segment of the original 75-mile submission (the section within Houston between the northern and western sections of I-610) is still in the review process as of February 2013.
On May 29, 2013, the Texas Transportation Commission gave approval to naming completed Interstate-standard segments of US 77 and US 281 as I-69. On July 15, 2013, the interstate shields were unveiled. US 77 through Cameron and Willacy counties are signed as I-69E. That includes 53 miles (85 km) of existing freeway starting at the international boundary in the middle of the Rio Grande in Brownsville and running north past Raymondville. The 13 miles (21 km) of US 281 freeway in Pharr and Edinburg are signed as I-69C.
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All exits are unnumbered.
|Gap in route|
|Fort Bend||Rosenberg||US 59 south||Roadway continues southward as US 59; Current southern terminus of South Houston Area segment of I-69|
|Frontage Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|SH 36 – Rosenberg|
|FM 2218 – Richmond||Northbound entrance from Reading Road|
|FM 762 – Richmond|
|Williams Way Boulevard|
|Sugar Land||SH 99 (Grand Parkway) / FM 2759 (Crabb River Road)|
|Brazos River Turnaround|
|Sweetwater Boulevard, First Colony Boulevard|
|Sugar Lakes Drive, Williams Trace Boulevard|
|Dairy Ashford Road, Sugar Creek Boulevard|
Alt. US 90
|Stafford||Kirkwood Road, West Airport Boulevard|
|Harris||Houston||FM 1092 (Wilcrest Drive) / West Bellfort Avenue|
|Sam Houston Tollway|
|Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)||Northbound exit is via the FM 1092 exit|
|South Gessner Road, Beechnut Street|
|Fondren Road, Bellaire Boulevard|
|Westpark Tollway east||Northbound exit only|
|Westpark Tollway west||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Westpark Drive||Northbound exit is via the Hillcroft Avenue exit|
|Fountainview Drive||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Chimney Rock Road|
| I‑610 (West Loop Freeway)
US 59 north
|Roadway continues north as US 59; Current northern terminus of South Houston Area segment of I-69|
|Temporary gap of I-69 as of February 2013|
|Newcastle Drive||Northbound exit is via the Weslayan Road exit|
|Buffalo Speedway, Edloe Street|
|Greenbriar Drive, South Shepherd Drive|
|Spur 527 north||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Main Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Fannin Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|SH 288 south (South Freeway) – Lake Jackson, Freeport|
|McGowen Avenue, Tuam Avenue||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|I‑45 (Gulf Freeway) – Dallas, Galveston|
|Gray Avenue, Pierce Avenue – Downtown Houston||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Northbound exit only|
|Jackson Street – Downtown Houston, George R. Brown Convention Center||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|I‑10 (East Freeway) – San Antonio, Beaumont|
|Lyons Avenue, Quitman Street|
|Collingsworth Street, Cavalcade Street, Kelley Street|
|Cavalcade Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Temporary gap of I-69 as of February 2013|
| I‑610 (North Loop Freeway)
US 59 south
|Roadway continues southward as US 59; Current southern terminus of North Houston Area segment of I-69|
|Crosstimbers Road, Kelley Street, Bennington Road|
|Laura Koppe Road||Southbound exit is via the Tidwell Road exit|
|Parker Road, Saunders Road, Jensen Drive|
|Little York Road|
|Hopper Road||Northbound exit is via the Little York Road exit|
|East Mount Houston Road|
|Aldine Mail Route|
|Lauder Road||Northbound exit is via the Aldine Mail Route exit|
|Old Humble Road, Lee Road, Homestead Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|FM 525 (Aldine Bender Road)|
|Houston||Beltway 8 west (Sam Houston Parkway)|
|Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)||Northbound exit is via FM 525 exit|
|Will Clayton Parkway – Bush Intercontinental Airport|
|Humble||Frontage Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|FM 1960 / Bus. FM 1960 – Humble|
|Townsen Boulevard||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Montgomery||Loop 494 / Hamblen Road / Sorters-McClellan Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|FM 1314 – Porter, Conroe|
|FM 1485 – New Caney|
|Loop 494||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Roman Forest Boulevard|
|Local traffic only||Southbound exit only|
|Splendora||FM 2090 – Splendora|
|East River Drive|
|US 59 north||Roadway continues northward as US 59; Current northern terminus of North Houston Area segment of I-69|
|Gap in route|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Clark, Steve (May 29, 2013). "SH 550 Ribbon-Cutting crowd Gets big I-69 News". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Cross, Mark (June 11, 2008). "TxDOT Recommends Narrowing Study Area for Texas Portion of I-69" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008.
- Staff (June 26, 2008). "Transportation Commission Picks Developer for Texas Portion of I-69". Keep Texas Moving (Texas Department of Transportation). Archived from the original on September 26, 2008.
- Neal, Loyd (June 7, 2011). "So Far 230 miles of Interstate 69 Built". Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
- "What's Next for I-69 Texas?". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 2011.
- "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 August 2011.[dead link]
- Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
- Vitale, Marty (PDF). Report to SCOH May 19, 2012 (Report). Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering and U.S. Bicycle Route System, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. http://route.transportation.org/Documents/Report%20to%20SCOHSM2012%205-19-2012.pdf.[dead link]
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- Media Relations. "I-69 Designation as an Interstate Means More Jobs for Texas and Economic Development in Growing Communities" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Staff (February 28, 2013). "Southwest Freeway Now Interstate 69" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- "28 miles of US Hwy. 59 now Interstate 69". Houston, TX: KPRC-TV. April 3, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Janes, Jared. "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- Essex, Allen (May 30, 2013). "I-69 Comes to the Valley: 111 Miles Added to Interstate System". Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, TX). Retrieved June 3, 2013.