• Tracking the Progress of Interstate 69 in Texas

» Board Members Make Case for I-69 Completion

Texas is growing fast and is way behind on highway capacity. Building I-69 is an important part of the solution and it is essential that it be completed sooner rather than later. That is the heart of the message being presented by members of the Alliance board of directors in opinion pieces appearing in newspapers along the I-69 Corridor. [Full Report]

» Commissioner New Expects Faster Pace for I-69

In remarks to the Annual Meeting luncheon of the Alliance for I-69 Texas, Texas Transportation Commission Member Alvin New said he expects progress to happen faster on I-69 construction in the years ahead. He noted the dramatic increase in I-69 funding in the state's most recent Unified Transportation Program and said the need for I-69 and the momentum behind I-69 is now obvious. He stressed the importance of providing I-69 as a to connect sections of rural Texas and to provide another north-south interstate highway to carry freight as it serves port-related industries, manufacturing, border trade, and interregional traffic. [Full Report]

» I-69 Advocates Stage Successful DC Fly-in

Community leaders from along the I-69 route in Texas and seven other states met with members of Congress and federal officials during an annual Washington, D.C., fly-in event in September. In their disucssions they highlighted the need to sustain the momentum behind the I-69 initiative. They stressed the importance of I-69 as a national and international freight corridor connecting in Central United States to both Mexico and Canada. [Full Report] 

» Judge Sydney Murphy Alliance Chair

Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal, board chairman of the Alliance for I-69 Texas (2014-2018), stepped down as chair as he retires from public office. Neal, the former mayor of Corpus Christi, suffered a series of health setbacks during the past year. His leadership in guiding the Alliance was celebrated during the organization's annual meeting in Houston in November 2018. Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy was elected to be the organization's new chair.. [Full Report]

» Congressman Babin Optimistic About Funding

Texas Congressman Brian Babin of Woodville told those attending the Alliance's Annual Luncheon that he is optimistic that the Congress will make progress in 2019 on passing a long-term fix to highway funding. Babin is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He believes there will be bipartisan support in the committee and in the Congress for dealing with infrastructure issues and funding. He sees I-69 as a key pieces of infrastructure that should never be neglected. Babin is a leader of the multi-state I-69 Congressional Caucus. [Full Report]

» Construction to Begin on 9.5-Mile I-69E Gap

The Texas Transportation Commission has awarded a $118 million contract to upgrade to interstate highway standard a section of US 77 west of Corpus Christi in South Texas. The project will complete a seamless 31 miles of Interstate 69E stretching south from I-37 in northwest Corpus Christi. The segment includes a new relief route at Driscoll which will eliminate one of the two last traffic signals on the US 77 route between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. [Full Report]

» Freight Corridor and Economic Development The Focus of A Successful I-69 Day in Austin

The Alliance had a successful I-69 Day in Austin on March 1st, combining a morning workshop on leveraging I-69 for economic development with a day of visits with members of the Legislature. Themes for the day were the importance of I-69 as a freight corridor and a driver for potential economic development. Alliance representatives called on members of the Texas House and Senate and their staffers to remind them of the importance of continuing to build out I-69 and to urge full appropriation of highway funding approved by Texas voters in 2014 and 2015. [Full Report]

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I-69 System Segments Part of National Interstate Highway System

7.8 Miles (I-69E/US 77) - Western edge of Corpus Christi
75 Miles (I-69/US 59) - Montgomery, Harris and Fort Bend (partial) Counties
3.5 Miles (I-369/US 59) - Texarkana south from I-30
53.3 Miles (I-69E/US 77) - Raymondville to Rio Grande
46.8 Miles (Interstate 2/US 83) - Harlingen to Palmview
18 Miles (I-69C/US 281) - Edinburg to Pharr, Hidalgo County
1.4 Miles (I-69W/US 59) - Laredo, Webb County
1.5 Miles (I-169/SH 550) - Brownsville, Cameron County
TOTAL MILES - 207

Serving Texas Ports
The 1,100 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, Texas City, Beaumont, Port Arthur, 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 highway continue to be added to the Interstate Highway System as part of I-69. There are still 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.