Interstate 69 in Texas

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Interstate 69

Opened sections of I-69 highlighted in red; proposed sections in pink
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length74.9 mi (120.5 km)
Existed2011 (2011)–present
Major junctions
South end US 59 in Rosenberg
Major intersections I-45 in Houston
I-10 / US 90 in Houston
North end US 59 near Cleveland
CountryUnited States
CountiesFort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Liberty
Highway system
SH 68 I-69C

Interstate 69 (I-69[a]) is an Interstate Highway that is in the process of being built in the US state of Texas. It is part of a longer I-69 extension known as the NAFTA superhighway, that, when completed, will connect Canada to Mexico. In Texas, it will connect Tenaha and I-69 in Louisiana at the Louisiana border through the eastern part of the state and along the Texas Gulf Coast to Victoria, where it will split into three branches: I-69E to Brownsville, I-69C to Pharr, and I-69W to Laredo. The first segment of I-69 in Texas was opened in 2011 near Corpus Christi. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved an additional 53 miles (85 km) of US 77 from Brownsville to Raymondville for designation as I-69, which was to be signed as I-69E upon concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). FHWA approval for this segment was announced on May 29, 2013.[2] By March 2015, a 74.9-mile (120.5 km) section of US 59 had been completed and designated as I-69 through Greater Houston. As of 2022, short segments near the southern terminuses of the three branch routes have also all been completed. These branches are planned to be connected.

Route description[edit]

The congressionally designated I-69 corridor begins at the Mexican border with three auxiliary routes:

I-69 (along with US 59) in Houston looking east
What is now I-69/US 59 (Southwest Freeway) in 1972

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 Greater Houston, I-69 follows US 59 (Southwest Freeway) from Fort Bend County to the west loop of I-610. I-69 then follows US 59 (Eastex Freeway) from the north loop of I-610 to the LibertyMontgomery county line. The segment of US 59 inside the I-610 loop, 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.[3]

I-69 will follow US 59 to the north, serving Cleveland, Shepherd, Livingston, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Tenaha. In 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 I-369.

Since the first section of US 77 between Corpus Christi and Robstown was signed as I-69, it implied that the I-69 mainline would follow the coastal (US 77) route from Victoria to Brownsville. This also implied that the branch along US 59 from Victoria to Laredo and the branch along US 281 from George West to Pharr would be signed as either three-digit spurs of I-69 (I-X69) or as separate two-digit Interstate Highways. While federal legislation designating the south Texas branches as I-69 suggested 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 AASHTO Special Committee on Route Numbering rejected the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)'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 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 FHWA during the AASHTO Spring Meeting on May 7, 2013. During this same meeting, the section of US 83 between Harlingen and Peñitas was conditionally approved to be designated as 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 State Highway 44 (SH 44)) outside transition zones in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Houston, and Texarkana.[4]

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.[5]

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.


Since 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 two-lane stretches to four lanes by adding a second carriageway to the existing roadway. Some bypasses will be built around some cities which are being called a relief route.

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".[6] 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 FHWA and AASHTO to designate 75 miles (121 km) of US 59 in the Houston area and eight miles (13 km) 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 the FHWA for a six-mile (9.7 km) segment of US 77 between I-37 and SH 44 near Corpus Christi and was approved by AASHTO in October 2011.[7] Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011, to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown–Corpus Christi section.[8] On May 29, 2013, the Robstown–Corpus Christi section of I-69 was resigned as I-69E.

At the May 18, 2012, AASHTO meeting, 35 miles (56 km) 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 FHWA.[9] The FHWA later granted concurrence and with the final approval of the Texas Transportation Commission, the 35-mile (56 km) stretch was officially designated as I-69.[10] It was announced on February 6, 2013, that the FHWA had approved a 28.4-mile (45.7 km) segment of US 59 (Southwest Freeway) from I-610 in Houston (on the loop's western segment) to just southwest of Rosenberg;[11][12] the Transportation Commission gave final approval later that month and signage was erected on April 3, 2013.[13][14] The remaining segment of the original 75-mile (121 km) 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 Transportation Commission on March 25, 2015. The south terminus of the I-69 designation is to be extended to the Fort BendWharton county line. This project is scheduled for completion in 2022.[15]

The northern terminus I-69 will be extended to Cleveland. This project is scheduled for completion in autumn 2022.[needs update] In the way in Liberty County is the Riggs Cemetery built along construction of the freeway, but TXDOT is preserving it. The cemetery was established in 1892.[16] It will also be extended to Shepherd. That project will begin in 2023 and is scheduled to be completed in 2027.[17]

On May 29, 2013, the 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 markers were unveiled.[18] 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.[19]

On November 20, 2014, the Transportation Commission voted to add two new sections totaling 6.1 miles (9.8 km) to I-69 in south Texas.[20] The first section is 1.6 miles (2.6 km) of newly finished freeway near Robstown in Nueces County and was codesignated as I-69E/US 77,[20] and the second section is a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) section of new freeway on the north side of Edinburg in Hidalgo County which was codesignated as I-69C/US 281.[20] The designations were approved by the FHWA and by AASHTO.[20] As a result, there is now a total of 192 miles (309 km) of I-69 in Texas (including I-2).

On May 24, 2019, both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate approved a 10-year extension of highway funding needed for I-69.[21]

On October 3, 2019, construction on the Nacogdoches I-69 flyover project began and is scheduled to be completed in 2023. A bypass for Diboll is under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2025.[22][23] The bypass for Corrigan started construction in 2022.[24]

Exit list[edit]

Fort Bend0.00.0
US 59 south
Freeway under construction
0.00.0Loop 541Freeway under construction
Kendleton0.00.083 FM 2919 – Kendleton
0.00.084 Loop 541 – KendletonClosed
0.00.086 Loop 541 (Doris Road) – Kendleton
Beasley89 FM 360 / Loop 540 – Needville
90Isleib Road
92 Loop 540 – BeasleySouthbound exit only
Rosenberg93 Spur 10 (Patton Road, Hartledge Road)

US 59 south / Spur 529 north – Victoria/Kroesche Rd
Current southern terminus of I-69; US 59 continues south
2.33.796Bamore Road
2.94.797 SH 36 – Rosenberg, Needville
4.97.999 FM 2218 – Richmond (B.F. Terry Boulevard)No southbound entrance as the ramp is closed for now
6.210.0100Reading Road
6.810.9101 FM 762 – Richmond, Rosenberg
8.714.0103 Williams Way BoulevardTo Oak Bend Medical Center
Sugar Land10.416.7104 SH 99 (Frontage Road) / FM 2759 (Crabb River Road)To Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
11.819.0106Brazos River Turnaround
13.321.4107University Boulevard
14.323.0108 First Colony Boulevard / Sweetwater BoulevardTo Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
15.324.6109 SH 6 – Sugarland AirportFormer FM 1960
16.125.9110 Sugar Lakes Drive / Williams Trace BoulevardTo St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital
17.327.8111Dairy Ashford Road / Sugar Creek BoulevardDairy Ashford Road was formerly Spur 41[25][26]
US 90 Alt. – Sugar Land, Stafford
Fort BendHarris
county line
Stafford19.030.6113Kirkwood Road / West Airport BoulevardSigned as exit 114 southbound
HarrisHouston20.432.8114Wilcrest Drive / Murphy Road (FM 1092 south) / West Bellfort AvenueSigned as exit 115A southbound
21.134.0115 Sam Houston TollwaySigned as exit 115B southbound
21.534.6115C Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)No direct northbound exit (signed at exit 114)
22.536.2117Bissonnet Street
118 South Gessner Road / Beechnut StreetTo Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
119Fondren Road / Bellaire Boulevard
26.342.3121AHillcroft Avenue / Westpark Drive
Westpark Tollway east
Northbound access to eastbound tollway, southbound access to westbound tollway only
27.343.9121CWestpark DriveNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 121A); no access to or from HOV lane (access is via Edloe Street)
27.544.3122BFountainview DriveSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
27.944.9122AChimney Rock Road / Sage Road / South Rice AvenueSigned as exit 122 northbound
28.946.5123 I-610 (West Loop Freeway) – IAH Airport, Hobby AirportExits 8A-B on I-610; redesigned stack interchange; southbound connector to IH 610 southbound closed until April 2024, access to IH 610 southbound is via IH 69 northbound only
29.547.5124Newcastle DriveNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 125A)
30.148.4125AWeslayan Road
30.649.2125BEdloe Street – Buffalo SpeedwayNorthbound and southbound are signed differently
31.550.7126AKirby Drive
126BGreenbriar Drive / Shepherd Drive
33.353.6127BRichmond Avenue – Downtown HoustonVia Louisiana Street (Spur 527); northbound left exit and southbound entrance
33.553.9127A Main StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; to Texas Medical Center
33.654.1128A Fannin StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; to Texas Medical Center
SH 288 (South Freeway) to SH 288 Toll – Lake Jackson, Freeport
34.956.2129A McGowen Avenue / Tuam AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; to St. Joseph Medical Center
35.256.6129B Gray Avenue / Pierce Avenue – Downtown DestinationsNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; to St. Joseph Medical Center
35.356.8129A I-45 (Gulf Freeway) – Dallas, GalvestonExit 46 on I-45; to Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport; signed as exit 129B southbound
35.757.5130Polk Street – Downtown DestinationsNorthbound exit only
Texas Avenue; Capitol AvenueClosed; was southbound exit and northbound entrance
Runnels Street, Canal StreetClosed; was southbound exit and northbound entrance
36.959.4131Jackson Street – Downtown DestinationsSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
37.460.2132 I-10 (Baytown East Freeway & US 90) – San Antonio, BeaumontExit 770 on I-10;
132BLyons Avenue / Quitman Street / Liberty RoadSigned as exit 133A southbound
39.263.1133BCollingsworth Street / Kelley StreetSigned as exit 133A northbound
39.763.9134Cavalcade StreetNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 133B)
I-610 (North Loop Freeway) to Hardy Toll Road
Signed as exits 135A (west) & 135B (east) southbound, exit 134 northbound; exit 20 on I-610; access to Hardy Toll Road via I-610 west
136Crosstimbers Road / Kelley StreetKelley Street was formerly Loop 137
42.568.4137ALaura Koppe RoadNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 137B)
43.069.2137BTidwell Road / Laura Koppe RoadSigned as exit 137 southbound
43.870.5138Parker Road / Jensen Drive / Saunders Road
44.671.8139Little York Road / Hopper Road
45.372.9140AHopper RoadNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 139)
46.274.4140BEast Mount Houston RoadSigned as exit 140 northbound
47.175.8141Aldine Mail Route / Lauder Road
47.676.6142Lauder RoadNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 141)
48.778.4143AOld Humble Road / Lee Road (FM 525 Spur) / Homestead RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Houston49.179.0143B FM 525 (Aldine Bender Road)Signed as exit 143 southbound
Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway) to Sam Houston Tollway
Signed as exit 144 northbound; access to Sam Houston Tollway (not signed) via Beltway 8 east
50.080.5144B Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)No direct northbound exit (signed exit 143B)
50.781.6145Greens Road
Humble51.783.2146Rankin Road
53.085.3147 Will Clayton Parkway – Bush Intercontinental Airport
149 FM 1960 / FM Bus. 1960 – HumbleTo Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital; Business FM 1960 was formerly Loop 184
55.689.5150Townsen BoulevardNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 151)
MontgomeryHouston56.691.1151 Loop 494 / Hamblen Road / Sorters-McClellan Road
58.193.5152Kingwood Drive
59.395.4153Northpark Drive
61.899.5156 FM 1314 – Porter, Conroe

To SH 99 Toll east (Grand Parkway) – Baytown / Community Drive
Southbound exit is via exit 157; access to eastbound Grand Parkway (opened in May 2022) via frontage road
SH 99 Toll west (Grand Parkway) – Spring
Northbound exit & entrance flyover ramps
To SH 99 Toll (Grand Parkway) – Spring, Baytown
Southbound exit & entrance; southbound access to Grand Parkway via frontage road; SH 99 east of I-69/US 59 (Eastex Freeway) opened in May 2022
64.0103.0159A FM 1485 – New CaneyNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
65.5105.4159B Loop 494 / Roman Forest BoulevardNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
65.6105.6159 FM 1485 / Loop 494 – New CaneySouthbound exit and northbound entrance; Loop 494 access requires u-turn to go under freeway
Woodbranch66.9107.7160Roman Forest BoulevardSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
WoodbranchPatton Village line68.5110.2161
SH 242 west
Patton Village69.7112.2163Creekwood Lane
Splendora71.6115.2165 FM 2090 – Splendora
73.1117.6166East River Drive
74.60120.06167Fostoria RoadNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 171).
US 59 north
Current northern terminus of I-69 is 1,640 feet/500 metres up, opened March 2022; US 59 continues north
169AMandell Road / Fostoria Road[27][28] and southbound access to County Road 377
169County Road 377 / County Road 381 / County Road 383[27][28]Future northbound interchange[27][28]
169BCounty Road 381 / County Road 383[27][28]Future southbound interchange[27][28]
Cleveland171 SH 105 / Gladstell Road – Conroe, Beaumont[27][28]Future interchange
172A Loop 573 (Washington Avenue)[27][28]Future interchange
Bus. SH 105 – Cleveland, Conroe[27][28]
Future interchange; former SH 105
173 FM 2025 – Coldspring[28]Future interchange
174 Loop 573 (Washington Avenue)[28]Future northbound interchange[28]
*Frontage Road[29][30]Future northbound exit[29][30]
San Jacinto174 Loop 573 (Washington Avenue)[29][30]Future southbound interchange[29][30]
175Red Road[29][30]Future northbound interchange; Sherwood Drive would take this exit and take U-Turn at Red Road[29][30]
175Frontage Road / Sherwood Drive[29][30]Future southbound interchange; northbound Sherwood Drive access via Red Road exit[29][30]
177 FM 2914 / FM 3460[29][30]Future northbound interchange
*453A* Loop 424 / FM 3460 – ShepherdFuture interchange; *temporary exit number*; signed as *453B* northbound
*451* SH 150 / FM 223 – ShepherdFuture interchange; *temporary exit number*

I-369 north / US 59 / US 84 / US 96 south
Future north end of US 59 concurrency; I-69 will continue north along US 84 east; northern terminus of US 96
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Some sources use "IH-69", as "IH" is an abbreviation used by the Texas Department of Transportation for Interstate Highways.[1]


  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Highway Designations Glossary". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  2. ^ Clark, Steve (May 29, 2013). "SH 550 Ribbon-Cutting crowd Gets big I-69 News". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Minute Order 113100" (PDF). Texas Transportation Commission. March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "What's Next for I-69 Texas?". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "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 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  9. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (May 19, 2012). "Report to SCOH" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Fikac, Peggy & Begley, Dug (February 6, 2013). "Interstate 69 coming, piece by piece". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Alliance for I-69 Texas (February 28, 2013). "Southwest Freeway Now Interstate 69" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "28 miles of US Hwy. 59 now Interstate 69". Houston, TX: KPRC-TV. April 3, 2013. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  15. ^ Hernandez, Cathy (December 13, 2019). "Some relief coming to drivers in Rosenberg after years of construction". KPRC. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  16. ^ "TxDOT: Work beginning on US 59/I-69 project in Cleveland area". Bluebonnet News. April 30, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  17. ^ Gutierrez, Marcus (June 3, 2019). "TxDOT plans $116M upgrade to Hwy. 59 between Cleveland, Shepherd". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  18. ^ Janes, Jared. "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  19. ^ Essex, Allen (May 30, 2013). "I-69 Comes to the Valley: 111 Miles Added to Interstate System". Valley Morning Star. Harlingen, TX. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  20. ^ a b c d 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.
  21. ^ Weaver, Jim (May 24, 2019). "Texas Highway Funding Extended for I-69 and More". Kicker 102.5. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  22. ^ McCollum, Donna. "City, state dignitaries celebrate groundbreaking for Nacogdoches I-69 flyover project". Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  23. ^ Merrell, Danny (August 7, 2020). "TxDOT Updates Progress on Three Major Construction Sites". KICKS 105. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  24. ^ Merrell, Danny MerrellDanny. "Massive $170 Million Highway 59 Project to Begin Near Corrigan". KICKS 105. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  25. ^ "USGS Map Name: Missouri City, TX". TopoQuest Map Viewer. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  26. ^ Google. "Sugar Land". Google Maps. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h TxDOT (November 19, 2015). "Open House - US 59 in Montgomery and Liberty Counties" (Press release). TxDOT. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "U.S. Route 59 in Texas", Wikipedia, March 22, 2022, retrieved March 27, 2022
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