• Tracking the Progress of Interstate 69 in Texas

» Delegation Delivers Freight Corridor Message in DC

I-69 Alliance members stressed the importance of I-69 as a national freight corridor during an annual fly-in event to the nation's capital. Along with delegations from other states on the national route, they highlighted the need to sustain the momentum behind the I-69 development initiative. They met with the I-69 Congressional Caucus and urged lawmakers to focus on identifying the additional sources that will be needed to fully fund the 5-year FAST Act transportation funding bill passed in 2015. [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]

» Judge Emmett: Completing I-69 Critical to Texas

Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge and Chairman of the Texas Freight Advisory Committee, believes Interstate 69 is the most important economic engine in the entire state of Texas. During the I-69 Alliance annual luncheon in Houston he said most of the future growth in the state will be in East Texas where adequate water supplies are available. The I-69/US 59 corridor is the backbone of this future growth area. Emmett said it is likely that future congestion on I-69 through the Houston metropolitan area will be so great that a port access bypass will be needed to get freight traffic to and from the region's seaports. State Senator Sylvia Garcia reported to Alliance members on state transportation funding and Transportation Commission Member Laura Ryan talked about the challenges ahead. [Full Report]

» Texas' GIWW Designated as Marine Highway 69

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway linking all Texas seaports is now designated at Marine Highway 69, an approval that clears the way for seeking federal grant funding. Action by the U.S. Department of Transportation was sought by TxDOT and Texas ports which can develop projects along the waterway that will help relieve highway congestion by moving some future freight traffic from roadways to waterborne transportation. The designation acknowledges the connection between I-69 and the waterways that carry cargo in and out of Texas ports. [Full Report]

» Members Appointed to I-69 Advisory Committee

The Texas Transportation Commission has appointed 11 new members to the I-69 Advisory Committee and 12 current members have been reappointed. Judge Hugh Taylor, Harrison County Judge, has been elected as chairman of the committee which assists TxDOT in the planning process for the I-69 System in Texas. The committee was created in 2008 as a way to ensure that local communities and stakeholders were at the center of the I-69 highway corridor planning process. [Full Report and List]

» I-69 Implementation Strategy Taking Shape

An implementation strategy for continuing the development of Interstate 69 is in place and is being refined by the 10 TxDOT District offices responsible for various segments of the I-69 Texas System. Judy Hawley, now former chairman of the I-69 Advisory Committee, provided members of the Texas Transportation Commission with an update on the implementation strategy. [Full Report]

» Interstate 169 Segment Added to I-69 Texas System

The latest addition to the I-69 Texas System is a 1.5 mile segment of State Highway 550 in Brownsville that has been officially named Interstate 169 and is now part of the national Interstate Highway System. It is part of a 10 mile long direct connector from I-69E to the Port of Brownsville that is being developed by the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority in partnership with TxDOT. The entire connector is anticipated to be at interstate standard in about two years. [Full Report and Maps]

» 6.1 Miles Added to I-69 at Edinburg and Robstown

The Federal Highway Administration has given final approval to adding 6.1 more miles to the Interstate 69 System in South Texas. This includes a 4.5 mile extension of I-69 Central adjacent to the Edinburg Airport in Hidalgo County and a 1.6 miles extension of I- 69 East on the south side of Robstown in Nueces County. That was part of the news delivered by TxDOT to the Alliance Board of Director while holding their Annual Meeting. [Full Report and Map] 

» Congress Adds SH 44 to I-69 System

State Highway 44 from Corpus Christi to Freer, a distance of 73 miles, has been added to the congressionally designated I-69 Texas System as part of the new federal highway bill -- the FAST Act of 2015. The designation has been a high priority for the Alliance for I-69 Texas for several years and was carried by Congressman Blake Farenthold in cooperation with members of the multi-state I-69 Congressional Caucus. A route study for the section of SH 44 at Robstown has been initiated. [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

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, 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 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.