• Tracking the Progress of Interstate 69 in Texas

» I-69 Supporters Urge Federal Highway Bill Passage

State and local leaders from the eight states on the Interstate 69 route were on Capitol Hill in Washington in April urging federal officials to continue the ongoing development of I-69. The large Texas delegation was lead by Transportation Commissioners Jeff Austin and Jeff Moseley. The group met with members of the I-69 Congressional Caucus and with individual members of Congress urging the adoption of a long-term highway reauthorization bill that provides increased funding for highway projects. [Full Report]

» Key 11.9 Mile Section in Houston Added to I-69

The 11.9 mile section of US 59 inside of Loop 610 in Houston has been added to the Interstate Highway System as Interstate 69. All of the route through Harris County is now part of I-69 and a continuous section of 75 miles of I-69 is now in place through Montgomery County, Harris County and extending to a point at the south edge of Rosenberg in Fort bend County. The Texas Transportation Commission voted March 26 to complete the designation process for the section through central Houston.

» I-69 Congressional Caucus Returns for New Session

South Texas Congressmen Blake Farenthold and Henry Cuellar joined four colleagues in re-launching the successful bipartisan I-69 Congressional Caucus for the new 114th Congress. The caucus has taken on the task of educating other members of Congress on the importance of I-69 and advocating for acceleration of I-69 projects. Approximately 750 miles of the I-69 national route have been completed to interstate highway standard and more are under construction. The route, which is an important freight corridor, runs through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. [Full Report]

» Garza Honored for Service to Transportation

Cameron County Commissioner David A. Garza is the latest recipients of the Texas Road Hand Award presented by the Texas Department of Transportation. The award honors citizens who serve as strong champions for transportation in their community and in Texas. Garza has been active in the Alliance for I-69 Texas for many years and was elected Alliance Secretary-Treasurer for 2015. [Full Report]

 

» 6.1 Miles in Two New Sections to be Added to I-69

Two new sections totaling 6.1 miles will be added to Interstate 69 in South Texas once final approval comes from the Federal Highway Administration. The Texas Transportation Commission voted Nov. 20th to designate 1.6 miles of newly finished freeway near Robstown in Nueces County as I-69E/US 77. A 4.5 mile section of new freeway on the north side of Edinburg in Hidalgo County was designated as I-69C/US 281. This action means a total of 194 miles of the I-69 System route in Texas will soon have been added to the Interstate Highway System. The designations were recently approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials -- the organization which determines highway designation numbering.

» Texans Approve Highway Funding in a Big Way

Texas supported the Proposition 1 highway funding amendment by an overwhelming margin of 4 to 1 and the result will be that the state has more than $1.5 billion a year in additional funds for highway construction and preservation. Voters agreed to dedicate a portion of the state's oil and gas production tax to highways. The total oil and gas tax revenue will move up or down from year to year depending on production levels and energy prices. Governor-Elect Greg Abbott has joined others in stressing the need for additional highway funding. He made additional transportation funding a major theme of his successful campaign. [Full Report]

» Marshall Continues I-369 Route Selection Process

More than 200 citizens participated in an Oct. 28 open house to review possible routes for I-69 in Harrison County. A working group of community leaders from Marshall and Harrison County have been at work for several months reviewing possible routes. The open house was a continuation of this citizen-led planning effort. Developing a community preference is part of an environmental clearance process that could continue for several years but would set the stage for construction when funding is available in the future. [Full Report]

» I-69W Sign Unveiled in Laredo Celebration

Local and state officials celebrated the designation of Interstate 69W in Laredo with an unveiling ceremony. A key 1.4-mile section of freeway has now been added to the Interstate Highway System as Interstate 69. The segment starts just north of the busy World Trade Bridge at the U.S./Mexico border and extends to an interchange with Interstate 35. This section of US 59/Loop 20 was built to interstate standard over the past several years and handles thousands of trucks daily. [Full Report]

» 14 Miles of Upgrades Underway in Nueces & Kleberg

Four I-69E projects covering a total of 14 miles are under construction from Robstown to Kingsville in Nueces and Kleberg Counties west of Corpus Christi. Together the projects have an estimated cost of $151 million. The largest is a design-build contract covering 8 miles running north from Kingsville through Bishop. A second project covers 4 miles just south of Robstown. All of these upgrade projects will be part of Interstate 69 East. An unfunded future relief route around the town of Driscoll will close a final six-mile gap between Interstate 37 and Kingsville. [Full Report]

» Texas Good Roads Gets Update on Freight

Alliance Board Chairman John Thompson provided participants at the Texas Good Roads annual conference in July with an update on I-69 progress. He discussed I-69's importance as a freight highway connecting to international border crossings, seaports and the huge Houston market. TxDOT has projected steady increases in freight traffic on these routes in the coming decades. Judge Thompson also talked about the components of the US 190/Gulf Coast Strategic Highway and the potential for designating another interstate highway running east-west across Central Texas. You can view his presentation slides [HERE] (8MB PDF).

» Supporters Update Congress on I-69 Progress

Local leaders from five states along the national I-69 Corridor participated in a coordinated “I-69 DC Fly-In” this spring to meet with members of the I-69 Congressional Caucus and drive home the importance of continued progress on building out the entire interstate route.  The delivered the message that I-69 provides “North-South Connectivity in the Heartland.” More than 40 community leaders participated in the effort emphasize the importance of Interstate 69 as a national freight corridor. Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin joined a dozen other Texans in the two-day event. This report includes a state-by-state update on the progress being made in the eight states along the I-69 route that starts at the Rio Grande and ends at Port Huron, Michigan. [Full Report]

» Bill Would Add SH 44 to I-69 Priority Corridor

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold has introduced legislation that would add State Highway 44 between Corpus Christi and Freer to the Congressionally Designated Interstate 69 priority corridor routes. The proposal has been championed by community leaders and the Alliance. The segment would begin at the SH 358 freeway near the Corpus Christi airport and run west for 73 miles. In the process it would connect all three legs of the I-69 system in South Texas and eventually provide an interstate connection between Laredo and Corpus Christi, both busy freight centers. [Full Report]

» Laredo Celebrates Steps to Convert Loop to I-69

Interstate 69 champions join local, state and federal officials in celebrating the unveiling of new signage declaring that Laredo's Bob Bullock Loop will be the link between Laredo's World Trade Bridge, Interstate 35 and the western leg of I-69 in South Texas. The Texas Transportation Commission has redesignated Loop 20 as US Highway 59, a move that makes the loop eligible to be part of I-69. The section of the loop from I-35 to the Rio Grande bridge is complete and is being evaluated for addition to the Interstate Highway System. [Full Report and Event Photos]

» Major Upgrades Coming to I-69 in Rosenberg Area

The Transportation Commission has awarded the first contract and work will get underway soon on more than $250 million in projects that will convert five miles of the I-69 Southwest Freeway at Rosenberg to an expansive superhighway.  This section of highway was added to the Interstate Highway System as I-69 in February 2013 but major upgrades are needed to meet traffic demand. Williams Brothers will rebuild and add lanes between SH 36 and FM 762. [Full Report]

» Community Groups Recommend Upgrade Routes for Future I-69 In Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties

Two community committees have developed a recommended plan for the route of Interstate 69 in the Nacogdoches-Lufkin region of East Texas. Their recommendations cover about 47 miles and for most of those miles they are recommending that existing sections of US 59 be upgraded to interstate highway standard. Relief routes on new right of way are recommended on the west side of Nacogdoches, on the southeast side of Lufkin and at Diboll. [Full Report and Map]

[PREVIOUS I-69 UPDATE POSTINGS]

I-69 System Segments Part of National Interstate Highway System

7.8 Miles (US 77) - Western edge of Corpus Christi (1.6 miles awaiting final FHWA approval)
35 Miles (US 59) - Harris and Montgomery Counties
28 Miles (US 59) - Harris and Fort Bend Counties
3.5 Miles (US 59/I-369) - Texarkana south from I-30
53.3 Miles (US 77) - Raymondville to Rio Grande
46.8 Miles (US 83/Interstate 2) - Harlingen to Palmview
18 Miles (US 281) - Edinburg to Pharr, Hidalgo County (4.5 miles awaiting final FHWA approval)
1.4 Miles (US 59) - Laredo, Webb County
TOTAL MILES - 194

Serving Texas Ports
The 1,000 miles of existing highways that make up the I-69 Texas system route today serve as critical connectors to the deepwater ports at Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Freeport, Point Comfort, Corpus Christi and Brownsville. Each completed Interstate 69 upgrade project extends the market reach of all Texas seaports which are vital engines of the Texas economy.

Miles of Existing Freeway

Sections of existing freeway continue to be added to the Interstate Highway System as part of I-69. There are still many more miles of highway along the I-69 route that are at freeway standard or near that level. More sections will be added to the system as they are evaluated and as projects are completed that provide the required controlled access, free flow and safety features that are the hallmark of interstate highways.