Interstate 69 in Texas
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|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||74.9 mi (120.5 km)|
|Existed:||December 5, 2011– present|
|South end:||US 59 in Rosenberg|
| I-45 in Houston
I-10 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 will 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 in Brownsville, I-69C terminating in Pharr, and I-69W terminating in Laredo.
As of March 2015[update], a 74.9 mile section of US-59 has been designated as I-69 through the Houston Metropolitan Area.
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, it will then intersect I-37 east of George West, and it will then continue east to Victoria.
- I-69C (with connections to Mexican Federal Highway 97) begins in Pharr at I-2 and is designated for 18 miles through Edinburg and co-signed with US 281. It will continue north along US 281 to George West, where it will intersect I-69W and terminate at this point.
- 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 53.3 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 7.8 mile segment is already designated as I-69E and co-signed with US 77 and also intersects I-37, and it will then continue north to Victoria.
I-69W and I-69E 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, was approved for designation as I-69 by the FHWA on March 9, 2015 and approved for signage as I-69 by the Texas Transportation Commission on March 25, 2015.
I-69 will 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 480-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) was approved for designation as I-69 by the FHWA on March 9, 2015 and approved for signage as I-69 by the Texas Transportation Commission on March 25, 2015.
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.
On November 20, 2014, The Texas Transportation Commission voted to add two new sections totaling 6.1 miles to Interstate 69 in South Texas. The first section is 1.6 miles of newly finished freeway near Robstown in Nueces County and was co-designated as I-69E/US 77  and the second section is a 4.5 mile section of new freeway on the north side of Edinburg in Hidalgo County which was co-designated as I-69C/US 281. The designations were recently approved by the Federal Highway Administration and by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials -- the organization which determines highway designation numbering (this action makes a total of 192 miles of the I-69 System route (including Interstate 2) in Texas have been added to the Interstate Highway System).
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All exits are unnumbered.
|Victoria||I-69E south / US 77 south / I-69W south / US 59 south (via Spur 91) – Refugio, Corpus Christi, Goliad, Laredo||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; northern end of future I-69E and northern end of future I-69W; future south end of US 59 overlap|
|Victoria||SH 185 – Victoria, Bloomington|
|US 87 – Victoria, Port Lavaca|
|Loop 463 / Burroughsville Road|
Bus. US 59 south / FM 1686 – Victoria, Telferner
|Inez||FM 444 – Inez||Southern end of freeway|
|Jackson||FM 234 north|
|El Toro||FM 234 – El Toro, Vanderbilt|
|Edna||Loop 521 – Edna|
|SH 111 / FM 822 – Edna, Yoakum|
|Loop 521 – Edna|
|FM 530 – Cordele||Northern end of freeway|
|Loop 522 – Ganado|
|Ganado||SH 172 / FM 710 – Ganado|
|Loop 522 – Ganado|
|Wharton||Louise||Loop 523 / FM 647 – Louise||No northbound entrance|
|County Road 319|
|Loop 523 / FM 1160 – Louise|
|Hillje||Loop 524 / FM 441 – Hillje|
Bus. US 59 north – El Campo
|El Campo||FM 1163|
|SH 71 – El Campo, Palacios|
Bus. US 59 south / FM 960 – El Campo
|Pierce||Loop 526 – Pierce|
Bus. US 59 north / FM 961 to SH 60 – Wharton, Bay City
|FM 102 – Wharton, Eagle Lake|
Bus. US 59 / SH 60 – Hungerford, Wharton, Bay City
|Hungerford||FM 1161 – Spanish Camp|
Bus. US 59 south – Hungerford
|southbound access only|
|Fort Bend||Kendleton||FM 2919 – Kendleton|
|Loop 541 – Kendleton||Southbound exit only|
|FM 360 / Loop 540 – Needville|
|Rosenberg||Loop 540 – Beasley||Southbound access only|
|Spur 10 (Slade Road) / Hartledge Road|
| US 59 south / Spur 529 north – Victoria
|Current southern end of US 59 overlap; at-grade intersection; southern end of freeway; no northbound entrance; current southern end of I-69|
|SH 36 – Rosenberg, Needville|
|FM 2218 – Richmond|
|FM 762 – Richmond, Rosenberg|
|Williams Way Boulevard||Access to Oak Bend Medical Center|
|Sugar Land||SH 99 (Frontage Road) / FM 2759 (Crabb River Road)||Access to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital|
|Brazos River Turnaround|
|First Colony Boulevard / Sweetwater Boulevard||Access to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital|
|SH 6 – Sugarland Airport|
|Sugar Lakes Drive / Williams Trace Boulevard||Access to St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital|
|Dairy Ashford Road / Sugar Creek Boulevard|
Alt. US 90 – Sugar Land, Stafford
|Stafford||Kirkwood Road / West Airport Boulevard|
|Harris||Houston||Wilcrest Drive / Murphy Road (FM 1092 south) / West Bellfort Avenue|
|Sam Houston Tollway|
|Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)||No direct southbound exit (signed at Wilcrest Drive)|
|South Gessner Road / Beechnut Street||Access to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital|
|Fondren Road / Bellaire Boulevard|
|Westpark Tollway east||Northbound exit only|
|Westpark Tollway west||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Westpark Drive||No direct northbound exit (signed at Hillcroft Avenue)|
|Fountainview Drive||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Chimney Rock Road|
|I-610 – IAH Airport, Hobby Airport||I-610 exit 8A|
|Newcastle Drive||No direct northbound exit (signed at Weslayan Road)|
|Edloe Street, Buffalo Speedway|
|Greenbriar Drive / Shepherd Drive|
|Richmond Avenue / Downtown Houston via Louisiana Street (Spur 527)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Main Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; access to Texas Medical Center|
|Fannin Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; access to Texas Medical Center|
|SH 288 south – Lake Jackson, Freeport|
|McGowen Avenue / Tuam Avenue||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; access to St. Joseph Medical Center|
|Gray Avenue / Pierce Avenue – Downtown Destinations||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; access to St. Joseph Medical Center|
|I-45 – Dallas, Galveston||I-45 exit 46; access to George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport|
|Polk Street – Downtown Destinations||Northbound exit only|
|Jackson Street – Downtown Destinations||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|I-10 (US 90) – San Antonio, Beaumont||I-10 exit 770|
|Lyons Avenue / Quitman Street|
|Collingsworth Street / Kelley Street|
|Cavalcade Street||No direct northbound exit (signed at Collingsworth Street)|
|I-610||I-610 exit 20|
|Crosstimbers Road / Kelley Street|
|Laura Koppe Road||No direct southbound exit (signed at Tidwell Road)|
|Parker Road / Jensen Drive / Saunders Road|
|Little York Road|
|Hopper Road||No direct northbound exit (signed at Little York Road)|
|East Mount Houston Road|
|Aldine Mail Route|
|Lauder Road||No direct northbound exit (signed at Aldine Mail Route)|
|Old Humble Road / Lee Road (FM 525 Spur)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Houston||FM 525 (Aldine Bender Road)|
|Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway)|
|Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)||No direct northbound exit (signed at FM 525)|
|Will Clayton Parkway – Bush Intercontinental Airport|
|FM 1960 / Bus. FM 1960 – Humble||Access to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital|
|Townsen Boulevard||No direct southbound exit (signed at Hamblen Road / Sorters-McClellan Road)|
|Montgomery||Kingwood||Loop 494 / Hamblen Road / Sorters-McClellan Road|
|FM 1314 – Porter, Conroe|
|Community Drive||Future SH 99|
|FM 1485 / Loop 494 – New Caney|
|Loop 494 / Roman Forest Boulevard|
|Patton Village||SH 242|
|Splendora||FM 2090 – Splendora|
|East River Drive|
|Fostoria Road||Northbound exit to Fostoria Road|
|US 59 north – Cleveland||Current northern end of US 59 overlap; Montgomery–Liberty county line|
|Liberty|| US 59 south
|Current north end of I-69 overlap; Montgomery–Liberty county line; southbound exit to Fostoria Road; northern end of freeway|
|SH 105 – Conroe, Beaumont||US 59 northbound exit is a left-handed U-turn just north of the southbound exit; drivers must enter onto and cross over US 59 southbound lanes in order to take the southbound exit|
|Cleveland||Loop 573 (Washington Avenue)||South end of freeway|
Bus. SH 105 – Cleveland, Conroe
|FM 2025 – Coldspring|
|Loop 573 (Washington Avenue)||Northern end of freeway|
|San Jacinto||FM 2914 east to FM 3460||Under construction|
|Shepherd||Loop 424 / FM 3460 – Shepherd||Signed as exits 453A (on US 59 south) and 453B (on US 59 north)|
|SH 150 / FM 223 – Shepherd||Signed as exit 451B (on US 59 north); no exit number southbound|
|Loop 424||No left turn northbound|
|FM 1127 east|
|Polk||Goodrich||Loop 393 north|
|FM 1988 to FM 2665|
|Loop 393 south – Goodrich|
Bus. US 59 north / FM 1988 south – Livingston, Woodville, Lake Livingston State Park
|Southern end of freeway; signed as exits 436A (on US 59 south) and 436B (on US 59 north to US 59 Bus.); no exit number for US 59 north to FM 1988|
|Frontage Road||Signed as exits 434B (on US 59 south) and 436D (on US 59 north)|
|US 190 – Huntsville, Livingston|
|Frontage Road - Pedigo Park||Signed as exits 432B (on US 59 south) and 434D (on US 59 north), access to Memorial Medical Center|
SH 146 south / Bus. US 59 south – Downtown Livingston
|Northern end of freeway; no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 434D)|
|Loop 116 north|
|Leggett||Loop 116 south|
|FM 942 north – Camden||Southern end of FM 942 overlap|
|FM 942 south||Northern end of FM 942 overlap|
|FM 62 east – Camden|
|Corrigan||FM 942 south|
|US 287 – Groveton, Woodville|
|FM 352 east (Stryker Road)|
|FM 1987 north – Damascus|
|FM 357 north / FM 1987 south – Wakefield, Damascus|
|Angelina||Diboll||Loop 210 (Thompson Street) / FM 1818 east (Dennis Street) – Zavalla|
|Loop 210 (North Hines Street)|
|FM 2497 north|
|FM 2108 east|
|FM 324 north|
|Lufkin||FM 819 (College Drive) – Angelina College|
|FM 3482 (Whitehouse Drive)||Southern end of freeway|
Bus. US 59 north (South First Street) / Loop 287 west – Lufkin
|Southern end of Loop 287 overlap; US 59 north follows exit 390; access to FM 1877; access to Woodland Heights Medical Center|
|Tulane Drive||No direct northbound exit|
|FM 58 (Chestnut Street)||Northern end of freeway|
|US 69 south (US 69 Bus. north) – Huntington, Woodville, Beaumont||Southern end of US 69 overlap|
|FM 841 (Ford Chapel Road)|
|FM 325 (Lufkin Avenue)||No direct northbound exit (signed at FM 841)|
|SH 103 (Atkinson Drive)|
US 69 north / Loop 287 west / Bus. US 59 south – Lufkin
|Northern end of US 69 / Loop 287 overlap; access to FM 2021 west and FM 3521 east|
|FM 843 west|
|Nacogdoches||FM 2782 north|
Bus. US 59 north / Loop 224 east – Downtown Nacogdoches
|Southern end of Loop 224 overlap; US 59 south follows exit 59S|
|SH 7 – Crockett, Airport|
|FM 225 (Durst Street)|
|SH 21 (Douglass Road)|
|FM 2609 north (Austin Street)||Northbound access only|
|FM 1638 (Old Tyler Road) / FM 3314 (Lone Star Road)|
|Loop 224 east (Stallings Drive) / Westward Drive||Northern end of Loop 224 overlap|
|FM 343 (Industrial Boulevard)|
US 259 north / Bus. US 59 south – Henderson, Nacogdoches, SFASU
|FM 2864 north|
|Appleby||FM 941 south|
|FM 2435 north|
|Fitze||FM 2476 south|
|Garrison||FM 95 south||Southern end of FM 95 overlap|
|FM 138 east – Center|
|FM 95 north – Concord||Northern end of FM 95 overlap|
||No major junctions|
|Shelby||FM 2667 south – Blair|
|Timpson||US 84 west – Rusk, Palestine||Southern end of US 84 overlap|
|SH 87 south|
|FM 947 east|
|Spur 470 south|
|FM 1645 south|
|Tenaha||FM 2141 south|
|FM 947 west (West Drive)||Southern end of FM 947 overlap|
|FM 947 east (Main Street)||Northern end of FM 947 overlap|
|Loop 157 (Center Street) – Center|
| I-369 north / US 59 north – Carthage, Texarkana
US 96 south – Center
|Future northern end of US 59 overlap; southern end of future I-369; I-369 will follow US 59 (SIU 15) to I-30 in Texarkana, Texas.|
|I‑69 north / US 84 east – Logansport||Unbuilt; future I-69 follows SIU 16 to US 171 in Stonewall, Louisiana.|
|FM 2669 south|
|Paxton||FM 699 – Carthage, Center|
|FM 3343 south|
|Joaquin||FM 2428 south|
|SH 7 west|
|FM 3174 north|
|Haslam||FM 2787 south – Toledo Bend Reservoir|
|I‑69 north / US 84 east – Shreveport, Mansfield||Louisiana state line|
|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.
- Minute Order 5 - March 25, 2015, Texas Transportation Commission
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- Texas Department of Transportation (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 (May 19, 2012). "Report to SCOH" (PDF) (Report). Traverse City, MI: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
- Alliance for I-69 Texas (July 26, 2012). "35 More Miles of I-69 Route Added to Interstate Highway System" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- Fikac, Peggy & Begley, Dug (February 6, 2013). "Interstate 69 coming, piece by piece". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
- 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.
- Alliance for I-69 Texas (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 July 16, 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.
- Alliance for I-69 Texas. "6.1 Miles in Two New Sections Added to I-69" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved December 2, 2014.