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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.

Interstate 69E marker

Interstate 69E
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-69
Maintained by TxDOT
ExistedDecember 5, 2011 (2011-12-05) (as I-69)–present
East Rio Grande Valley segment
Length51.294 mi[1][2] (82.550 km)
South end US 77 / US 83 / University Blvd. in Brownsville (Will be extended to Mexico border)
Major
junctions
I-169 / SH 550 Toll in Olmito
I-2 / US 83 in Harlingen
North end
US 77 / Bus. US 77 near Raymondville
Corpus Christi area segment
Length7.672 mi (12.347 km)
South end US 77 / SH 44 in Robstown
North end I-37 / US 77 in Corpus Christi
Location
CountiesCameron, Willacy; Nueces
Highway system

HistoryEdit

 
The interchange between I-37 and I-69E/US 77 in Corpus Christi.

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."[3] 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.[4] Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011 to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown-Corpus Christi section.[5]

The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation for the East Rio Grande Valley Segment on May 24, 2013,[6] and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013.[7] 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.[6] These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley.[8] The signage was installed in summer 2013.[9]

As of June 2013, 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;[10] funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.[11] During its 2019 Annual Meeting in October 2019, AASHTO approved an extension of the I-69E designation along US-77 from FM 892 to FM 2826 in Nueces County. The 3.3 mile extension completes I-69E from I-37 in Calallen to the north end of the Driscoll Bypass that is currently under construction.

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmExit[12]DestinationsNotes
CameronBrownsville0.0000.000To Veterans International BridgeBridge over the Rio Grande to Mexico; southern terminus of I-69E/US 77/US 83
Brownsville Veterans Port of Entry
0.2100.338University Boulevard / East AvenueTraffic controlled level intersection
Southern end of the freeway
0.3210.5170Polk StreetSouthbound exit only
0.607–
1.491
0.977–
2.400
1A   SH 4 (International Boulevard) – International Airport, Gateway International Bridge
1.727–
1.780
2.779–
2.865
1B12th Street / 14th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
2.3223.7371C6th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
1.989–
3.328
3.201–
5.356
2   SH 48 (Boca Chica Boulevard) – Airport
2.594–
4.440
4.175–
7.145
3Price Road / Old Alice Road
3.597–
5.702
5.789–
9.176
4  
    Bus. US 77 south / FM 802 (Ruben M. Torres Sr. Boulevard)
To Brownsville Baptist Medical Center
4.450–
6.472
7.162–
10.416
5Pablo Kisel Boulevard / Morrison Road
5.854–
7.022
9.421–
11.301
6   FM 3248 (Alton Gloor Boulevard)To Valley Regional Medical Center
7.193–
7.913
11.576–
12.735
7Stillman Road / Old Alice Road
8.233–
8.988
13.250–
14.465
8Merryman Road
9.083–
9.843
14.618–
15.841
9  FM 1732 – Olmito
9.962–
11.032
16.032–
17.754
10A   SH 550 to FM 511 – Port of Brownsville
10.725–
10.857
17.260–
17.473
10B   I-169 east / SH 550 Toll east – Port of BrownsvilleSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
11.177–
12.304
17.988–
19.801
11  FM 803 – Rancho Viejo
12.502–
13.356
20.120–
21.494
12Carmen Avenue
13.525–
14.273
21.766–
22.970
13Roberta Road
14.629–
15.395
23.543–
24.776
14   SH 100 / FM 1421 – South Padre Island
15.761–
17.254
25.365–
27.768
16Frontage Road
16.400–
17.254
26.393–
27.768
Parking Area
16.400–
17.151
26.393–
27.602
17  
   Bus. US 77 north / FM 732 – San Benito
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
San Benito17.953–
18.748
28.893–
30.172
18   FM 510 / FM 732 – San Benito
18.964–
20.708
30.520–
33.326
19AMcCulloch StreetNo direct southbound exit (signed at exit 19B)
19.532–
20.242
31.434–
32.576
19B   SH 345 / FM 2520 (Sam Houston Boulevard) / Ratliff StreetRatliff Street signed at exit 21 southbound
20.51233.011Ratcliff StreetSouthbound entrance only
20.992–
21.844
33.783–
35.155
21  Spur 486 (Williams Road)
21.973–
22.724
35.362–
36.571
22  FM 509 (Paso Real Highway)
Harlingen22.887–
23.903
36.833–
38.468
23A    Loop 499 east (Ed Carey Drive) / FM 801 west – AirportTo Valley Baptist Medical Center
24.194–
24.805
38.936–
39.920
23BNew Hampshire StreetNo direct northbound exit (signed at exit 23A)
24.191–
25.732
38.932–
41.412
24  FM 1479 (Rangerville Road) / F Street
25.20240.55925M StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
25.756–
25.791
41.450–
41.507
26ALincoln AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
26.178–
27.277
42.129–
43.898
26B   I-2 west / US 83 west – McAllenNorth end of US 83 overlap; I-2 exit 176; eastern terminus of I-2
26.348–
26.975
42.403–
43.412
26C 
  Bus. US 83 west (Harrison Avenue) / Tyler Avenue (Spur 206 east)
27.441–
27.636
44.162–
44.476
27  
   Spur 54 (Fairpark Boulevard) / Bus. US 83 west
no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 26C)
27.754–
28.709
44.666–
46.203
28  FM 2994 (Wilson Road)
HarlingenCombes line28.981–
29.826
46.640–
48.000
29A  
   Bus. US 77 / Loop 499 (Primera Road)
Signed as exit 29 southbound
29.56247.57529B 
  Bus. US 77 north
Northbound exit only
Combes30.392–
31.187
48.911–
50.191
30   SH 107 / FM 508 – Santa Rosa, Rio Hondo
32.337–
33.165
52.041–
53.374
32 
  Bus. US 77 south
34.447–
35.224
55.437–
56.688
34Orphanage Road / V Road
36.732–
37.689
59.114–
60.655
36 
  Bus. US 77 north – Sebastian
WillacySebastian38.033–
38.785
61.208–
62.418
38   Spur 413 west / FM 2629 east
39.007–
39.853
62.776–
64.137
39  FM 1018
41.86467.37442A  FM 498 (Parker Road)No direct southbound exit (signed at exit 42B)
Lyford42.556–
43.589
68.487–
70.150
42B  Spur 112 (Broadway Street)
44.150–
45.251
71.053–
72.824
44  Spur 56
45.617–
46.385
73.413–
74.649
45  FM 490
Raymondville46.729–
47.584
75.203–
76.579
47  FM 3168
47.793–
48.654
76.915–
78.301
48  SH 186 – Raymondville, Port Mansfield
51.01182.09449  FM 1762No direct northbound exit (signed at exit 51)
49.324
517.711
79.379
833.175
51 
  Bus. US 77 south / Conley Road – Raymondville
Mileposts at northern end of the exit reflect US 77
Gap in route, connection made via US 77
NuecesRobstown428.606
142.693
689.774
229.642
  FM 892 / CR 36Mileposts at the southern end of the exit reflect US 77
141.578227.848-County Road 36Mileposts at southern end of exit reflect US 77
142.097228.683-  SH 44 east – Robstown, Corpus ChristiNorthbound exit and southbound entrance only
143.139–
143.986
230.360–
231.723
  SH 44 west – Alice
144.643232.780CR 44Northbound exit and southbound entrance
146.729–
147.360
236.137–
237.153
  
   Bus. US 77 south to SH 44 west / CR 48 – Robstown, Alice
Corpus Christi147.939238.085CR 52No direct northbound exit (signed at FM 624)
148.429–
148.532
238.873–
239.039
   FM 624 (Northwest Boulevard) / Leopard StreetTo Corpus Christi Medical Center-Northwest; southbound exit and northbound entrance only
148.663–
148.811
239.250–
239.488
   I-37 / US 77 north – San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus ChristiExit 14 on I-37
149.253240.199Sharpsburg RoadNorthbound exit only
149.387240.415  US 77 northContinues north as US 77
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Interstate Highway No. 69-E". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Texas Department of Transportation (2018). "Statewide Planning Map LRS Readout (ArcGIS)". Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "What's Next for I-69 Texas?". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Staff (May 30, 2013). "Interstate 69 Comes to Texarkana and the Valley" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Nino, Mark (May 31, 2013). "Texas Transportation Commission Approves Interstate 69 System". Brownsville, TX: KVEO-TV. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Taylor, Steve (May 30, 2013). "Over 100 Miles of Valley Highways To Be Designated Interstate". Rio Grande Guardian. McAllen, TX. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  9. ^ Janes, Jared (July 15, 2013). "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  10. ^ Staff (July 13, 2012). "Agency Gives US 77 Upgrades Final Environmental Clearance" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Clark, Steve (August 8, 2011). "Interstate Link to Valley Moves Closer to Reality, Official Says". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  12. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, plans of proposed highway maintenance contract (1.58 GB ZIP file), December 2014

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