Interstate 69 in Texas
||This article needs additional citations for verification. (February 2010)|
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||69.6 mi (112.0 km)|
|Existed:||December 5, 2011 – present|
|Corpus Christi Area segment|
|Length:||6.2 mi (10.0 km)|
|South end:||SH 44 in Robstown|
|North end:||I-37 in Corpus Christi|
|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 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 near Victoria, Texas, where it will split into multiple segments with the mainline terminating at Brownsville, whilst I-69C terminates at Pharr-McAllen, and I-69W terminates at Laredo. 
As of May 2013 there are currently three disconnected segments of the interstate:
- A 6.2 mile (10 km) stretch from Interstate 37 in Corpus Christi to State Highway 44 in Robstown (co-signed with US 77)
- A 35 mile stretch from the northern section of Interstate 610 in Houston to Liberty County (co-signed with US 59)
- A 28 miles stretch from the western section of Interstate 610 in Houston to near Rosenberg (co-signed with US 59)
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has approved an additional 53 miles of US 77 from Brownsville to Raymondville for designation as I-69, which will be signed as I-69 upon concurrence from the FHWA.
Route description 
Current plans have I-69 entering from Louisiana along the US 84 corridor to the east and intersect with the US 59 corridor in Tenaha and roughly follow US 59 to the south, serving Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Livingston, Shepherd, and Cleveland. The segment of US 59 from Tenaha to Texarkana is being considered as a spur segment to be designated as Interstate 369.
In Lufkin, I-69 would intersect with US 69, presenting some interesting directional signage; to avoid confusion, a redesignation of US 69 from its intersection with US 175 southward (as an extension of US 175) is a possibility.
In the Houston area, Interstate 69 follows US 59 (Eastex Freeway) from the Liberty-Montgomery county line to the north loop of Interstate 610 and Interstate 69 also follows US 59 (Southwest Freeway) from the west loop of Interstate 610 into Fort Bend County. The segment of US 59 inside Loop I-610, through downtown Houston, has been submitted for designation as Interstate 69 and is awaiting approval.
- West along the US 59 corridor to the Mexican border in Laredo via George West (where it will intersect I-37). This leg will also intersect I-35 in Laredo, which connects to Mexican Federal Highway 85 south of the border.
- Central along the US 59 corridor to George West, then turning south along the US 281 corridor to the Mexican border in Pharr (with connections to Mexican Federal Highway 97).
- East along the US 77 corridor to the Mexican border in Brownsville, Texas (with connections to Mexican Federal Highway 180), intersecting I-37 northwest of Corpus Christi.
Since the first section of US 77 between Corpus Christi and Robstown has been signed as I-69, it was originally implied that the I-69 mainline will follow the coastal (US-77) route from Victoria to Brownsville. This also implied that the branch along US 59 to Laredo and the branch along US 281 to Pharr were 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 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 Mission was conditionally approved to be designated as Interstate 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.
|This article is outdated. (May 2013)|
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, 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.[dead link] Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011 to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown-Corpus Christi section.
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.[dead link] 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 south 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. It has been confirmed on March 29, 2013 that Interstate 69 will follow the west route from Victoria to Laredo, Texas.
Exit list 
Robstown to Corpus Christi segment 
NOTE: No mile marker or exit numbers have been assigned to this segment to date.
|Continues south as US 77|
|Nueces||Robstown||SH 44 east / Industrial Boulevard, Avenue E, Main Avenue – Corpus Christi||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; south end of SH 44 overlap|
|SH 44 west – Freer||North end of SH 44 overlap|
US 77 Bus. south / County Road 44 – Robstown
|Corpus Christi||FM 624 west (Northwest Boulevard) / Leopard Street|
|I-37 south – Corpus Christi||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|I-37 north / US 77 north – San Antonio, Odem||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US 77 overlap; current end of I-69|
|Continues north as US 77|
Corpus Christi to Greater Houston Segment 
NOTE: The status of this segment is unfinished; it is currently only in the planning and development stage. Because of this, there are no mile markers available.
The proposed route is to go from I-37 in Corpus Christi, following US 77 to Victoria, Texas until it reaches Loop 91, then following US 59 to Spur 529 in Fort Bend County, where it is officially designated as I-69.
Greater Houston segments 
NOTE: No mile marker or exit numbers have been assigned to these segments to date. The segment within the Interstate 610 loop is included here, but it has not been officially designated as Interstate 69.
|Continues south as US 59|
|Frontage Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|SH 36 – Rosenberg|
|FM 2218 – Richmond|
|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|
US 90 Alt.
|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)|
|Continues north as US 59||Interstate designation in progress|
|Newcastle Drive||Northbound exit is via the Weslayan Road exit|
|516||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|
|Polk Street – Downtown Houston||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|
|Continues south as US 59||Interstate designation in progress|
|I-610 (North Loop Freeway)|
|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 / FM 1960 Bus. – Humble|
|Townsen Boulevard||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|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|
|Continues north as US 59|
Greater Houston to Louisiana state line segment 
- Future I-69 Facebook page,  May 18, 2013.
- Texas Department of Transportation, "TxDOT Recommends Narrowing Study Area for Texas Portion of I-69,"[dead link] June 11, 2008.
- Texas Department of Transportation, "Transportation Commission Picks Developer for Texas Portion of I-69,"[dead link] June 26, 2008.
- So Far 230 miles of Interstate 69 Built, Corpus Christi Caller-Times June 7, 2011
- Texas Department of Transportation, What's Next for I-69 Texas?, accessed August 2011
- Texas Department of Transportation, Portion of US 77 Approved as Part of U.S. Interstate System, accessed August 2011
- Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
- "Report to SCOH May 19, 2012".
- "Alliance for I-69 Texas Updates". I69texasalliance.com. July 26, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- "Interstate 69 coming, piece by piece". Houston Chronicle. February 6, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013.