Interstate 69E (I-69E) is a north-south freeway running through South Texas. Once complete the freeway will begin in Brownsville and head northward before terminating near Victoria as both I-69W and I-69E intersect into Interstate 69 toward Houston. For its entire length, I-69E shares its alignment with US 77.
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Existed||December 5, 2011(as I-69)–present|
|East Rio Grande Valley segment|
|Length||53.3 mi (85.8 km)|
|South end||US 77 / US 83 / University Blvd. in Brownsville (Will be extended to Mexico border)|
| I-169 / SH 550 Toll in Olmito|
I-2 / US 83 in Harlingen
US 77 / Bus. US 77 near Raymondville
|Corpus Christi area segment|
|Length||7.8 mi (12.6 km)|
|South end||US 77 / SH 44 in Robstown|
|North end||I-37 / US 77 in Corpus Christi|
|Counties||Cameron, Willacy; Nueces|
A stated goal of Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) I-69 initiative is that "existing suitable freeway sections of the proposed system be designated as I-69 as soon as possible." A bill was introduced and passed by the House of Representatives that allows interstate quality sections of US 59, US 77, and US 281 to be signed as I-69 regardless of whether or not they connected to other interstate highways.
Texas Department of Transportation submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to designate 75 miles of US 59 in the Houston area and 8 miles of US 77 near Corpus Christi as I-69, as these sections are already built to interstate standards and connect to other interstate highways. In August 2011, TxDOT received approval from FHWA for a six-mile segment of US 77 between I-37 and SH 44 near Corpus Christi, and was approved by the AASHTO in October 2011. Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011 to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown-Corpus Christi section.
The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation for the East Rio Grande Valley Segment on May 24, 2013, and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013. This action finalized the designations of not only I-69E, but also of the sections of I-69C from Pharr north to the end of the US 281 freeway facility near Edinburg, and also Interstate 2 (I-2), which is a 46.8-mile (75.3 km) freeway that runs from Penitas to Harlingen and connects with I-69C and I-69E. These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley. The signage was installed in summer 2013.
As of June 2013[update], the cluster consisting of the recently designated portions of I-69E, I-69C, and I-2 in the Rio Grande Valley is not connected to the national Interstate network. This situation is slated to be remedied by scheduled projects to complete I-69E along US 77 between Raymondville and Robstown, and to complete the southern end of the previously signed portion of the I-69 corridor connecting with I-37 west of Corpus Christi. Environmental Protection Agency approval for the upgrade of the US 77 alignment to Interstate standards, including bypasses of the towns along the 91-mile (146 km) routing, was obtained through a Finding of No Significant Impact statement issued on July 13, 2012; funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.
|Cameron||Brownsville||0.00||0.00||–||US 77 south / US 83 south – Veterans International Bridge||Continues south to University Boulevard; southern terminus of US 77 / US 83 concurrency|
|0.11||0.18||0||Polk Street||Southbound exit only|
|0.83||1.34||1A||SH 4 (International Boulevard) – International Airport, Gateway International Bridge|
|1B||12th Street / 14th Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|1.54||2.48||1C||6th Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|2.15||3.46||2||SH 48 (Boca Chica Boulevard) – Airport|
|3.23||5.20||3||Price Road / Old Alice Road|
Bus. US 77 south / FM 802 (Ruben M. Torres Sr. Boulevard)
|To Brownsville Baptist Medical Center|
|4.84||7.79||5||Pablo Kisel Boulevard / Morrison Road|
|6.49||10.44||6||FM 3248 (Alton Gloor Boulevard)||To Valley Regional Medical Center|
|7.33||11.80||7||Stillman Road / Old Alice Road|
|9.28||14.93||9||FM 1732 – Olmito|
|10.23||16.46||10A||SH 550 to FM 511 – Port of Brownsville|
|10B||I-169 east / SH 550 Toll east – Port of Brownsville||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|11.47||18.46||11||FM 803 – Rancho Viejo|
|14.82||23.85||14||SH 100 / FM 1421 – South Padre Island|
Bus. US 77 north / FM 732 – San Benito
|Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|San Benito||18.15||29.21||18||FM 510 / FM 732 – San Benito|
|19.16||30.84||19A||McCulloch Street||No direct southbound exit (signed at exit 19B)|
|19.67||31.66||19B||SH 345 / FM 2520 (Sam Houston Boulevard) / Ratliff Street||Ratliff Street signed at exit 21 southbound|
|21.16||34.05||21||Spur 486 (Williams Road)|
|22.17||35.68||22||FM 509 (Paso Real Highway)|
|Harlingen||23.33||37.55||23A||Loop 499 east (Ed Carey Drive) / FM 801 west – Airport||To Valley Baptist Medical Center|
|23.78||38.27||23B||New Hampshire Street||No direct northbound exit (signed at exit 23A)|
|24.76||39.85||24||FM 1479 (Rangerville Road) / F Street|
|25.57||41.15||25||M Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|25.89||41.67||26A||Lincoln Avenue||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|26.44||42.55||26B||I-2 west / US 83 west – McAllen||North end of US 83 overlap; I-2 exit 176; eastern terminus of I-2|
Bus. US 83 west (Harrison Avenue) / Tyler Avenue (Spur 206 east)
Spur 54 (Fairpark Boulevard) / Bus. US 83 west
|no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 26C)|
|27.98||45.03||28||FM 2994 (Wilson Road)|
|Harlingen–Combes line||29.00||46.67||29A|| |
Bus. US 77 / Loop 499 (Primera Road)
|Signed as exit 29 southbound|
Bus. US 77 north
|Northbound exit only|
|Combes||30.62||49.28||30||SH 107 / FM 508 – Santa Rosa, Rio Hondo|
Bus. US 77 south
|||34.67||55.80||34||Orphanage Road / V Road|
Bus. US 77 north – Sebastian
|Willacy||Sebastian||38.19||61.46||38||Spur 413 west / FM 2629 east|
|||42.22||67.95||42A||FM 498 (Parker Road)||No direct southbound exit (signed at exit 42B)|
|Lyford||42.81||68.90||42B||Spur 112 (Broadway Street)|
|48.03||77.30||48||SH 186 – Raymondville, Port Mansfield|
|||49.54||79.73||49||FM 1762||No direct northbound exit (signed at exit 51)|
Bus. US 77 south / Conley Road – Raymondville
|Gap in route, connection made via US 77|
|144.0||231.7||–||SH 44 east – Robstown, Corpus Christi|
|145.0||233.4||–||SH 44 west – Alice|
|146.1||235.1||–||CR 44||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
Bus. US 77 south to SH 44 west / CR 48 – Robstown, Alice
|Corpus Christi||148.3||238.7||–||CR 52||No direct northbound exit (signed at FM 624)|
|150.0||241.4||–||FM 624 (Northwest Boulevard) / Leopard Street||To Corpus Christi Medical Center-Northwest|
|150.2||241.7||–||I-37 / US 77 north – San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus Christi||Exit 14 on I-37|
|–||Sharpsburg Road||Northbound exit only|
|–||US 77 north||Continues north as US 77|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Interstate Highway No. 69-E". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "What's Next for I-69 Texas?". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in:
- "Portion of US 77 Approved as Part of U.S. Interstate System" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Staff (May 30, 2013). "Interstate 69 Comes to Texarkana and the Valley" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Nino, Mark (May 31, 2013). "Texas Transportation Commission Approves Interstate 69 System". Brownsville, TX: KVEO-TV. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Taylor, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Over 100 Miles of Valley Highways To Be Designated Interstate". Rio Grande Guardian. McAllen, TX. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Janes, Jared (July 15, 2013). "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Staff (July 13, 2012). "Agency Gives US 77 Upgrades Final Environmental Clearance" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Clark, Steve (August 8, 2011). "Interstate Link to Valley Moves Closer to Reality, Official Says". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Texas Department of Transportation, plans of proposed highway maintenance contract (1.58 GB ZIP file), December 2014
- Media related to Interstate 69 in Texas at Wikimedia Commons