• An Archive of I-69 Texas Updates

October 1, 2015
VOTERS URGED TO PASS PROP
7 - Texas voters will get the chance on Nov. 3rd to approve Prop 7, a constitutional amendment that will dedicate more than $2.5 billion a year to highways.

August 22, 2015
SIGNS UNVEILED ON BUSY I-69 IN CENTRAL HOUSTON
- Local, state and federal officials celebrated the addition of 12 more I-69 miles to the Interstate Highway System in a cheerful but rainy ceremony along the Southwest Freeway near Greenway Plaza.

August 20, 2015
ALLIANCE ISSUES FEDERAL AND STATE CALL TO ACTION
- The Alliance for I-69 Texas has called for federal and state actions that will continue the forward momentum for development of upgrade projects on the I-69 system in Texas.

June 17, 2015
PLANNING GROUPS URGE MARSHALL PROJECT PROGRESS
- Three regional planning groups have jointly endorsed the I-69 route planning and community outreach efforts of the I-69 System (I-369) Harrison County/Marshall Working Group.

April 29, 2015
I-69 SUPPORTERS PUSH FOR FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL PASSAGE DURING 2015 DC FLY-IN
- 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.

February 5, 2015
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.

December 19, 2014
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.

November 20, 2014
TWO NEW SECTIONS HEADED FOR APPROVA
L - 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 freeway under construction 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.

November 18, 2014
PROPOSITION 1 PASSES BY 80%; MORE PLANS TO FILL FUNDING GAP
- Voters gave strong support in approving Proposition 1. State leaders are looking at other ways to help fill the state's serious highway funding gap.

November 17, 2014
MARSHALL CONTINUES LOOKING AT I-369 ROUTE OPTIONS
- More than 200 people came to an open house in Marshall to ask questions and view route options for the future I-69 system freeway.

October 20, 2014
TEXAS EDITORIAL BOARDS ENDORSE PROPOSITION 1
- Newspapers around Texas universally encouraged voters to say yes to the highway funding constitutional amendment.

August 26, 2014
INTERSTATE 69 WEST SIGNS GOING UP IN LAREDO
- A day of celebration marked the unveiling of the first Interstate 69W signs in Laredo. A 1.4-mile section leading to the World Trade Bridge is now on the Interstate Highway System.

August 10, 2014
14 MILES OF I-69 UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN NUECES AND KLEBERG COUNTIES
- Four freeway construction projects near the South Texas coast will add 14 miles to I-69E. The upgrades to US 77 have a total cost of $151 million.

July 30, 2014
TEXAS GOOD ROADS GETS I-69 UPDATE
- 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. You can view his presentation slides [HERE] (8MB PDF).

June 26, 2014
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.

June 15, 2014
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.

June 11, 2014
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.

April 30, 2014
BILL WOULD ADD SH44 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.

March 11, 2014
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.

February 27, 2014
LAREDO CELEBRATES STEPS TO CONVERT LOOP TO I-6
9 - 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.

February 25, 2014
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.

February 19, 2014
CONTRACT LET ON MAJOR I-69 UPGRADES IN FORT BEND COUNTY
- The Transporation 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

November 1, 2013
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 if approved by voters.

September 26, 2013
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.

September 25, 2013
I-369 SIGNS UNVEILED IN TEXARKANA CELEBRATION
- Representatives from around the state gathered in Texarkana to unveil the first Interstate 369 signs as part of the I-69 system in Texas. US 59 from Texarkana to Tenaha in Shelby County will be designated as I-369 as sections are upgraded to interstate standard.

September 7, 2013
VOTERS WILL DECIDE FATE OF $1.2 BILLION PER YEAR FOR HIGHWAYS
- We provide a roundup of bills passed by the 2013 Legislature that will be impacting I-69 development in the future. This includes the constitutional amendment that will go to the voters in 2014 and could fill about a quarter of the current highway funding shortfall.

September 5, 2013
COMMITTEES RECOMMEND I-69 ROUTES IN NACOGDOCHES AND LUFKIN
- After a major public participation effort two local committees have made recommendations that will guide future design and environmental clearance for the I-69 Route through Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties.

September 6, 2013
PLANNING STUDY GETS INPUT ON US 281 INTERSTATE UPGRADES
- Open houses were held to give the public another chance to help plan the many projects it will take to upgrade US 281 to interstate standard in South Texas. This leg is being called Interstate 69 Central or I-69C.

July 20, 2013
RIO GRANDE VALLEY CELEBRATES SUCCESS IN 20-YEAR QUEST FOR I-69
- Valley public officials, media, I-69 Alliance members and TxDOT celebrated placement of the first signs marking I-69 East, I-69 Central and Interstate 2. We have lots of photos.

VALLEY CELEBRATION PHOTO PAGE

July 4, 2013
US 281 PLANNING STUDY UNDERWAY
- Public involvement activities are underway on a feasibility study to determine what upgrade improvements will be needed to bring US 281 up to interstate highway standards in South Texas.

May 30, 2013
116 MILES ADDED TO I-69 SYSTEM; I-69 COMING TO TEXARKANA AND VALLEY
- Final approval has been given to designation of I-69E, I-69C and I-2 in the Rio Grande Valley and I-369 in Texarkana. A total of 186 miles of Texas freeway has now been converted to I-69 and its connectors.

May 30, 2013
FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR VALLEY INTERSTATES
- Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, while making two stops in the Rio Grande Valley, announced that FHWA had approved designation of three segments of I-69.

May 19, 2013
IMPORTANCE OF FREIGHT CONNECTIONS STRESSED
- A Texas delegation to Washington, D.C., stressed to federal officials in 18 meetings the value of I-69 as a freight corridor linking inland markets with seaports and Rio Grande ports of entry.

April 4, 2013
SIGN CEREMONIES MARK NEW IDENTITY FOR SOUTHWEST FREEWAY
- Leaders from Fort Bend County, TxDOT and the Alliance for I-69 Texas put up the first I-69 signs in Sugar Land and gathered to celebrate the milestone.

March 3, 2013
NET RMA OPENS SECTION OF FUTURE CONNECTOR TO I-69 ROUTE
- Lanes are now open on 26 miles of an outer loop around Tyler. It is part of Toll 49, a new highway that will eventually be a connector to the I-69 System. It is a project of the Northeast Texas RMA.

February 28, 2013
MORE HOUSTON AREA FREEWAY ADDED TO I-69
- The Texas Transportation Commission has given final approval to adding 28.4 miles of US 59 to I-69. The designated area is from the south side of Rosenberg to Loop 610 West.

February 23, 2013
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON LOOP 20 PROJECT IN LAREDO
- TxDOT, local officials and Alliance representatives helped start construction on a new Loop 20 interchange. Loop 20 is part of the I-69 route in South Texas.

February 10, 2013
TEXAS LEADERSHIP CELEBRATES I-69 PROGRESS
- It was I-69 Day at the State Capitol and there were smiles all around celebrating the fact that more segments of the I-69 route are being added to the Interstate Highway System.

CELEBRATING I-69 DAY IN AUSTIN - FEB. 6 (PHOTOS)

December 12, 2012
I-69 ADVISORY COMMITTEE FINAL REPORT SETS PRIORITIES
- After more than four years of work the I-69 Advisory Committee presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the Transporation Commission. We have the full report and photos from the presentation.

December 6, 2012
ALLIANCE BACKS SEN. NICHOLS FUNDING PLAN
- The Alliance has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate part of the state vehicle sales tax to highway construction and maintenance.

November 12, 2012
JUDY HAWLEY RECEIVES 2012 RUSSELL H. PERRY AWARD
- Alliance Vice-Chair Judy Hawley of Portland was presentd the annual transportation leadership award.

September 14, 2012
ALLIANCE CELEBRATES AS I-69 SIGNS GO UP IN HOUSTON
- TxDOT has started installing dozens of new I-69 signs on and near the Eastex Freeway. The Alliance and others held an unveiling and luncheon to celebrate. We have pictures.

July 26, 2012
35 MORE MILES ADDED TO INTERSTATE 69
- The Texas Transportation Commission has taken the final step to add 35 more miles of I-69 to the national Interstate Highway System. The section is the first in the Houston area, extending from Loop 610 North to near Cleveland.

July 13, 2012
FEDS APPROVE FONSI FOR US 77 UPGRADES
- The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Finding of No Significant impact (FONSI) clearing the way for all upgrade projects on US 77 from Harlingen to Corpus Christi.

July 12, 2012
I-69 IS ONE REASON TEXAS IS RANKED NO. 1
- The state is the No. 1 state as a place to do business according to a national study.

July 1, 2012
NEW HIGHWAY BILL MEANS MORE I-69 SIGNS ARE COMING
- The new federal highway bill will allow sections of the I-69 routes that are at interstate standard to be added to I-69 even if they are not yet connected to the existing Interstate System.

July 1, 2012
COMMISSIONER AUSTIN DELIVERS I-69 SIGNS TO CAPITOL HILL
- Full-size I-69 signs were hand delivered to Members of Congressand Senators for display in their offices.

June 28, 2012
$153 MILLION ALLOCATED TO I-69 UPGRADE PROJECT
S - An additional $153 million for 10 upgrade projects has been approved including a Premont relief route, a Loop 20 overpass in Laredo and improvements to US 59 in Victoria.

June 15, 2012
TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES SAY LOOK AT THE FACTS
- The Transportation Advocates of Texas has published a simple Transportation Crisis information card as part of a public education campaign during the political season.

May 31, 2012
TxDOT MOVING FORWARD ON 10-MILE SECTION OF I-69
- Another 10 miles of I-69 in South Texas is headed on the fast track toward reality. The Transporation Commission has started a process that will lead to expedited construction of the $60 million section south of Corpus Christi under a design-build contract.

February 2012
MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS I-69 INITIAL SECTION
- A statewide magazine for those in local government reports on the ceremony celebrating the firs official section of I-69 in Texas.

January 28, 2012
US 77 UPGRADE ASSESSMENT NEARLY FINAL
- TxDOT has published the Draft Environmental Assessment on Upgrading US 77 from Corpus Christi to Harlingen.

December 8, 2011
CELEBRATION MARKS FIRST I-69 SIGNS
- A ceremony marking the first section of I-69 being added to the Interstate Highway System was a cold but festive event.

October 27, 2011
FIRST I-69 TEXAS SECTION GETS FINAL APPROVAL
- The final technical hurdle to putting up I-69 signs on the first section in Texas has been cleared.

October 7, 2011
STATE APPROVES $89.8 MILLION FOR I-69 ROUTE UPGRADES
- The Texas Transportation Commission has approved a list of projects on highway routes being upgraded to become Interstate 69.

September 21, 2011
SHEPHERD RAIL OVERPASS IS KEY PROJECT IN I-69 PROGRESS
- Work is moving along rapidly to bring 3.4 miles of US 59 up to interstate highway standard and move the highway away from a substandard railroad underpass.

August 12, 2011
US 77 SECTION FIRST TO BE ADDED TO INTERSTATE SYSTEM
- The Federal Highway Administration has granted a TxDOT request to add a 6.2-mile section of US 77 at Corpus Christi to the Interstate Highway System. I-69 signage has been ordered.

August 11, 2011
MICA PLEDGES TO HELP SPEED UP I-69 TEXAS PROJECTS
- House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica told Alliance luncheon participants that the nation must figure out how to get projects done more quickly.

July 19, 2011
MICA TO KEYNOTE ALLIANCE LUNCHEON
- U.S. Rep. John Mica will provide an update on the proposed new transportation bill at an Alliance luncheon Aug. 11th in Houston.

July 5, 2011
LAWMAKERS HELP FACILITATE I-69 PROJECTS
- Cities and counties will get expanded powers to establish transportation reinvestment zones and build highway projects under new legislation.

June 16, 2011
TxDOT LAUNCHES I-69 WEBSITE AND OUTREACH PROGRAM
- Members of the five I-69 Segment Committees are working on gathering citizen input. (TxDOT media release)

June 15, 2011
BROWNSVILLE, ENCINO PROJECTS FUNDED
- TxDOT has approved pass-through financing arrangements that will allow two South Texas projects to move forward.

June 10, 2011
FALFURRIAS EXPRESSWAY PROJECT PASSES HALFWAY MARK
- Construction work on six miles of interstate standard highway on US 281 at Falfurrias is moving forward.

June 1, 2011
CONGRESSIONAL ACTION SOUGHT FOR I-69 SIGNAGE
- Legislation backed by all members of the Texas delegation seeks to authorize signage and add US 83.

June 1, 2011
ROBSTOWN, BEN BOLT PROJECTS WRAPPING UP
- Two more upgrade projects on the I-69 route in South Texas have been opened to traffic.

January 25, 2011
NOTICE PUBLISHED OFFICIALLY ENDING TTC PROCESS
- The official notice has been published in the Federal Register.

January 25, 2011
ALLIANCE BACKS CAMERON COUNTY RMA PROPOSAL
- The Alliance Board has pass a resolution supporting the RMA's application for pass-through financing of I-69 projects.

June 11, 2008
ALLIANCE SUPPORTS TXDOT DECISION TO FOLLOW EXISTING HIGHWAYS
- Alliance members react to TxDOT move to abandon wide corridor on new terrain.

June 11, 2008
TXDOT RECOMMENDS NARROWING STUDY AREA FOR I-69
- TxDOT press release explaining the decision to drop plans for the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor concept on I-69.


 

I-69 system in Texas runs from Texarkana to Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville on the Rio Grande. The planned national I-69 route leaves Texas on US 84 at the Sabine River. Each state on the route is responsible for highway development within its borders. The route includes a proposed new interstate standard bridge across the Mississippi River in Desha County, Arkansas, and Bolivar County, Mississippi.

In the Rio Grande Valley, U.S. 83 is now Interstate 2, a designation that was made possible because sections of I-69 were added to the Interstate Highway System. I-2 is a critical connector in the I-69 System in Texas.