• Tracking the Progress of Interstate 69 in Texas

» 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).

» First Section of I-69 Comes to Laredo

The Texas Texas Transportaton Commission has given final approval to designation of a key 1.4-mile section of freeway in Laredo that 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 seveal years and handles thousands of trucks daily as part of a key international freight route. [Full Report]

» 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]

» Citizens Group Working on Marshall Route Options

A working group of community leaders from Marshall and Harrison County have been at work for several months reviewing possible routes for the I-69 System to travel through or around the edge of the City of Marshall. Plans call for upgrades to the existing US 59 highway in most of East Texas. US 59 goes directly through Marshall and serves as a primary arterial in the community. TxDOT is conducting an initial route study and the working group will make recommendations on preferred route options once area residents have provided input on how the community can be best served. [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]

» I-69 Should Be Part of National Freight Network

MAP-21 requires that the U.S. Department of Transportation designate a "National Freight Network." The Alliance for I-69 urged communities along the route to submit commits urging the DOT to include I-69 as part of the designation. The bipartisan I-69 Congressional Caucus submitted a strong letter signed by a total of 24 Members of Congress.
[Full Report & Caucus Letter]

» 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]

» Laredo Loop Overpass Opened to Traffic

The McPherson Road overpass project on Loop 20 on the north side of Laredo is now open to traffic as the contractor continues with final components of the project. It is the first of nine interchanges that will be needed to transform the loop to interstate highway standard. The loop improvements will address both congestion and improved freight movement efficiency in the border area. [Full Report]

» 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]

» Nichols, Pickett Honored by Alliance and GHP

The Alliance for I-69 Texas and the Greater Houston Partnership hosted a recognition reception Oct. 22 honoring the work of State Senator Robert Nichols (Jacksonville) and State Representative Joe Pickett (El Paso). They provided vital leadership in the 2013 legislature on Texas transportation funding. Together they developed and won passage of a measure estimated to increase highway funding by $1.2 billion a year. It will go to the voters for approval in 2014. [Full Report]

» Multi-State I-69 Congressional Caucus Created

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana have joined to launch an Interstate 69 Congressional Caucus. The Alliance for I-69 Texas was instrumental in the process, working with members of Congress to create a caucus to raise awareness of I-69 as an important freight corridor. The I-69 route starts at the Rio Grande and runs through seven states before ending at the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Michigan. [Full Report]

» I-369 Signs Unveiled in Texarkana Celebration

Representatives of Northeast Texas communities, the Alliance for I-69 Texas and TxDOT gathered for a day of celebration September 23rd in Texarkana. The main event was the unveiling of the first Interstate 369 signs on a section of I-369/US59 south of I-30 that is now part of the Interstate Highway System. The Texas I-69 system extends from the Rio Grande north to Texarkana. The US 59 route from Texarkana to Tenaha was given the I-369 designation to distinguish it from the multi-state I-69 alignment that will connect to Louisiana and run northeast into Arkansas, Mississippi and then north into Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. [Full Report and Event Photos]

» 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]

» Voters Will Decide Added Highway Funding

The Texas Legislature ended seven months of work by passing a resolution letting the voters decide whether to allocate approximately $1.2 billion a year in additional funds for highway projects. This, however, will meet only about 25% of the need for additional highway funding required to keep up with booming growth, an aging roadway and bridge system, and unprecedented road damage being done in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas. Lawmakers also passed an appropriations bill with slightly more money for transportation investments and several bills were passed that will impact sections of I-69 and key connector highways. [Full Report]

» Valley Celebrates Success in 20-Year Quest for I-69

Harlingen Group Photo

Above, new signs are unveiled at the I-2/I69E interchange in Harlingen. On July 15th, Rio Grande Valley public officials, I-69 Alliance representatives from across the state and TxDOT leaders celebrated placement of the first of the signs marking Interstate 69 East, Interstate 2 and Interstate 69 Central. Bringing the national interstate system to the Valley has been a goal of community leaders since they helped form the Alliance for I-69 Texas in 1993. Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was part of that effort in her 20 years in office and participated in the multi-location Valley celebration. [Full Report & Photos]

[PREVIOUS I-69 UPDATE POSTINGS]

I-69 System Segments Now Part of National Interstate Highway System

6.2 Miles (US 77) - Western edge of Corpus Christi
35 Miles (US 59) - Harris and Montgomery Counties
28 Miles (US 59) - Harris and Fort Bend Counties
3.5 Miles (US 59) - Texarkana south from I-30
53.3 Miles (US 77) - Raymondville to Rio Grande
46.8 Miles (US 83/Interstate 2) - Harlingen to Palmview
13.5 Miles (US 281) - Edinburg to Pharr, Hidalgo County
1.4 Miles (US 59) - Laredo, Webb County
TOTAL MILES - 188

Serving Texas Ports
The 1,000 miles of existing highways that make up the I-69 Texas route today serve as critical connectors to the deepwater ports at Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Freeport, Point Comfort, Corpus Christi and Brownsville. Each completed I-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 that is the hallmark of interstate highways.