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Interstate 69 (I-69) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Texas that is planned to pass through the eastern part of the state and along the Gulf Coast to Victoria, where it will split into multiple segments with I-69E terminating in Brownsville, I-69C terminating in Pharr, and I-69W terminating in Laredo.

Interstate 69 marker

Interstate 69
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length74.9 mi (120.5 km)
ExistedDecember 5, 2011 (2011-12-05)–present
Major junctions
South end US 59 in Rosenberg
  I-45 in Houston
I-10 / US 90 in Houston
North end US 59 near Cleveland
Location
CountiesFort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Liberty
Highway system
SH 68US 69

The first segment of I-69 in Texas was opened in 2011 near Corpus Christi. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved an additional 53 miles (85 km) of US 77 from Brownsville to Raymondville for designation as I-69, which was to be signed as I-69E upon concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). FHWA approval for this segment was announced on May 29, 2013.[1] By March 2015, a 74.9 mile section of US-59 had been completed and designated as I-69 through the Houston Metropolitan Area.

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Route descriptionEdit

The congressionally designated I-69 corridor begins at the Mexican border with 3 auxiliary routes:

 
I-69/US 59 in Houston looking east
 
What is now I-69/US 59 (Southwest Freeway) in 1972

I-69W and I-69E will merge just south of Victoria, Texas, where mainline I-69 will follow US 59 northeast to Fort Bend County. In the Houston area, I-69 follows US 59 (Southwest Freeway) from Fort Bend County to the west loop of I-610. I-69 then follows US 59 (Eastex Freeway) from the north loop of I-610 to the Liberty-Montgomery county line. The segment of US 59 inside Loop I-610, through downtown Houston, was approved for designation as I-69 by the FHWA on March 9, 2015 and approved for signage as I-69 by the Texas Transportation Commission on March 25, 2015.[2]

I-69 will follow US 59 to the north, serving Cleveland, Shepherd, Livingston, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Tenaha. At Tenaha, I-69 will head into Louisiana along the US 84 corridor. The segment of US 59 from Tenaha to Texarkana will be signed as I-369.

Since the first section of US 77 between Corpus Christi and Robstown was signed as I-69, it implied that the I-69 mainline would follow the coastal (US 77) route from Victoria to Brownsville. This also implied that the branch along US 59 from Victoria to Laredo and the branch along US 281 from George West to Pharr would be signed as either three-digit spurs of I-69 (I-x69) or as separate two-digit Interstate Highways. While federal legislation designating the south Texas branches as I-69 suggested that these routes may be designated as "I-69E" (east, following US 77), "I-69C" (central, following US 281), and "I-69W" (west, following US 59), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Special Committee on Route Numbering rejected the Texas Department of Transportation's request for these three designations along the proposed I-69 branches, citing that AASHTO policy no longer allows Interstate Highways to be signed as suffixed routes. Stating that the I-69E, I-69C, and I-69W designations for the three I-69 branches south of Victoria were written into federal law, the initial denial of TxDOT's applications were subsequently overturned by the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, and the approval for the I-69E, I-69C, and I-69W branch designations were confirmed by the AASHTO Board of Directors, pending concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration during the AASHTO Spring Meeting on May 7, 2013. During this same meeting, the section of US 83 between Harlingen and Penitas was conditionally approved to be designated as I-2, with FHWA concurrence. The US 83 freeway in south Texas was widely anticipated to receive an I-x69 designation instead of I-2. In any case, Texas is proceeding in the same fashion as Indiana, conducting environmental studies for its portion of I-69 in a two-tier process. The mainline route through Texas will be approximately 500 miles (800 km). On June 11, 2008, TxDOT announced they planned to limit further study of I-69 to existing highway corridors (US 59, US 77, US 84, US 281, and SH 44) outside transition zones in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Houston, and Texarkana.[3]

Texas originally sought a public-private partnership to construct much of the route through Texas as a privately operated toll road under the failed Trans-Texas Corridor project. However, on June 26, 2008, TxDOT announced that they had approved a proposal by Zachry American and ACS Infrastructure to develop the I-69 corridor in Texas, beginning with upgrades to the US 77 corridor between Brownsville and I-37; the Zachry/ACS plan calls for the majority of the freeway to be toll-free; the only two tolled sections would be bypasses of Riviera and Driscoll.[4]

Original plans for the route included a potential overlap with the "TTC-35" corridor component as well, but the preferred alternative for that component follows I-35 south of San Antonio instead of entering the lower Rio Grande Valley.

HistoryEdit

Since July 2011, Texas has been proceeding with upgrading rural sections of US 59, US 77, and US 281 to interstate standards by replacing intersections with interchanges, and converting two-lane stretches to four lanes by adding a second carriageway to the existing roadway.

A stated goal of TxDOT's I-69 initiative is that "existing suitable freeway sections of the proposed system be designated as I-69 as soon as possible".[5] 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.

Meanwhile, TxDOT has submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to designate 75 miles (121 km) of US 59 in the Houston area and eight miles (13 km) 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 (9.7 km) segment of US 77 between I-37 and SH 44 near Corpus Christi, and was approved by AASHTO in October 2011.[6] Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011, to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown–Corpus Christi section.[7] On May 29, 2013, the Robstown–Corpus Christi section of I-69 was re-signed as I-69E.

At the May 18, 2012, AASHTO meeting, 35 miles (56 km) of US 59 (Eastex Freeway) from I-610 in Houston (on the loop's northern segment) to Fostoria Road in Liberty County were also approved as ready for I-69 signage, pending concurrence from the Federal Highway Administration.[8] FHWA later granted concurrence and with the final approval of the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC), the 35-mile (56 km) stretch was officially designated as I-69.[9] It was announced on February 6, 2013, that FHWA had approved a 28.4-mile (45.7 km) segment of US 59 (Southwest Freeway) from I-610 in Houston (on the loop's western segment) to just southwest of Rosenberg,[10][11] The TTC gave final approval later that month and signage was erected on April 3, 2013.[12][13] The remaining segment of the original 75-mile (121 km) submission (the section within Houston between the northern and western sections of I-610) was approved for designation as I-69 by the FHWA on March 9, 2015, and approved for signage as I-69 by the TTC on March 25, 2015. The south terminus of the I-69 designation is to be extended to the Fort Bend-Wharton county line; this project is scheduled to be completed by September 2020.[14]

On May 29, 2013, the TTC gave approval to naming completed Interstate-standard segments of US 77 and US 281 as I-69. On July 15, 2013, the Interstate markers were unveiled.[15] US 77 through Cameron and Willacy counties are signed as I-69E. That includes 53 miles (85 km) of existing freeway starting at the international boundary in the middle of the Rio Grande in Brownsville and running north past Raymondville. The 13 miles (21 km) of US 281 freeway in Pharr and Edinburg are signed as I-69C.[16]

On November 20, 2014, The TTC voted to add two new sections totaling 6.1 miles (9.8 km) to I-69 in South Texas.[17] The first section is 1.6 miles (2.6 km) of newly finished freeway near Robstown in Nueces County and was co-designated as I-69E/US 77[17] and the second section is a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) section of new freeway on the north side of Edinburg in Hidalgo County which was co-designated as I-69C/US 281.[17] The designations were approved by the Federal Highway Administration and by AASHTO.[17] As a result, there is now a total of 192 miles (309 km) of I-69 in Texas (including I-2).

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Fort BendRosenberg0.00.096   US 59 south / Spur 529 north – Victoria / Cottonwood Church Roadat-grade intersection with Spur 529; southbound access only; current southern end of US 59 overlap; current southern end of freeway
2.33.797Bamore Roadno southbound exit
2.94.798  SH 36 – Rosenberg, Needville
4.97.999  FM 2218 – Richmond
6.210.0100Reading RoadNo northbound entrance
6.810.9101  FM 762 – Richmond, Rosenberg
8.714.0103  Williams Way BoulevardAccess to Oak Bend Medical Center
Sugar Land10.416.7105    SH 99 (Frontage Road) / FM 2759 (Crabb River Road)Access to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
11.819.0107Brazos River Turnaround
13.321.4108University Boulevard
14.323.0109  First Colony Boulevard / Sweetwater BoulevardAccess to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
15.324.6110   SH 6 – Sugarland Airport
16.125.9111  Sugar Lakes Drive / Williams Trace BoulevardAccess to St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital
17.327.8112Dairy Ashford Road / Sugar Creek Boulevard
18.029.0113 
  Alt. US 90 – Sugar Land, Stafford
Stafford19.030.6114A
114
Kirkwood Road / West Airport BoulevardSigned as exit 114A northbound
HarrisHouston20.432.8114B
115A
Wilcrest Drive / Murphy Road (FM 1092 south) / West Bellfort AvenueSigned as exit 114B northbound
21.134.0115B  Sam Houston TollwaySigned as exit 115 northbound
21.534.6115C  Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)No direct northbound exit (signed at Wilcrest/Murphy)
22.536.2117Bissonnet Street
23.6–
23.9
38.0–
38.5
118  South Gessner Road / Beechnut StreetAccess to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
24.7–
25.1
39.8–
40.4
119Fondren Road / Bellaire Boulevard
26.342.3121AHillcroft Avenue
27.043.5121B  Westpark Tollway east
27.243.8121B  Westpark Tollway west
27.343.9121CWestpark DriveNo direct northbound exit (signed at 121A Hillcroft Avenue)
27.544.3122BFountainview DriveSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
27.944.9122
122A
Chimney Rock RoadSigned as exit 122 northbound
28.946.5123   I-610 – IAH Airport, Hobby AirportI-610 exit 8A
29.547.5124Newcastle DriveNo direct northbound exit (signed at Weslayan Road)
30.148.4125AWeslayan Road
30.649.2125B
125
Edloe Street, Buffalo SpeedwayNorthbound and Southbound are signed differently
31.550.7126AKirby Drive
31.8–
32.0
51.2–
51.5
126BGreenbriar Drive / Shepherd Drive
33.353.6127BRichmond Avenue / Downtown Houston via Louisiana Street (Spur 527)northbound exit and southbound entrance, left exit
33.553.9127A  Main Streetnorthbound exit and southbound entrance; access to Texas Medical Center
33.654.1128A  Fannin Streetsouthbound exit and northbound entrance; access to Texas Medical Center
34.355.2128B  SH 288 south – Lake Jackson, Freeport
34.956.2129A  McGowen Avenue / Tuam Avenuesouthbound exit and northbound entrance; access to St. Joseph Medical Center
35.256.6129B  Gray Avenue / Pierce Avenue – Downtown Destinationsnorthbound exit and southbound entrance; access to St. Joseph Medical Center
35.356.8129A
129B
   I-45 – Dallas, GalvestonI-45 exit 46; access to George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport
35.757.5130Polk Street – Downtown Destinationsnorthbound exit only
36.959.4131Jackson Street – Downtown Destinationssouthbound exit and northbound entrance
37.460.2132  I-10 (US 90) – San Antonio, BeaumontI-10 exit 770
37.8–
38.5
60.8–
62.0
132B
133A
Lyons Avenue / Quitman StreetSigned as exit 133A southbound
39.263.1133A
133B
Collingsworth Street / Kelley StreetSigned as exit 133A northbound
39.763.9134Cavalcade StreetNo direct northbound exit (signed at Collingsworth Street)
40.264.7134
135A
135B
  I-610I-610 exit 20; signed as exits 135A (west) & 135B (east) southbound and as exit 134 northbound
40.6–
41.7
65.3–
67.1
136Crosstimbers Road / Kelley Street
42.568.4137ALaura Koppe RoadNo direct southbound exit (signed at Tidwell Road)
43.069.2137B
137
Tidwell RoadSigned as exit 137 southbound
43.870.5138Parker Road / Jensen Drive / Saunders Road
44.671.8139Little York Road
45.372.9140AHopper RoadNo direct northbound exit (signed at Little York Road)
46.274.4140B
140
East Mount Houston RoadSigned as exit 140 northbound
47.175.8141Aldine Mail Route
47.676.6142Lauder RoadNo direct northbound exit (signed at Aldine Mail Route)
48.778.4143AOld Humble Road / Lee Road (FM 525 Spur)northbound exit and southbound entrance
Houston49.179.0143B
143
  FM 525 (Aldine Bender Road)Signed as exit 143 southbound
49.880.1144
144A
  Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway)Signed as exit 144 northbound
50.080.5144B  Beltway 8 (Frontage Road)No direct northbound exit (signed at FM 525)
50.781.6145Greens Road
Humble51.783.2146Rankin Road
53.085.3147  Will Clayton Parkway – Bush Intercontinental Airport
54.3–
54.6
87.4–
87.9
149    FM 1960 / Bus. FM 1960 – HumbleAccess to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital
55.689.5150Townsen Boulevardnorthbound exit to Townsen Boulevard
MontgomeryHouston56.691.1151  Loop 494 / Hamblen Road / Sorters-McClellan Roadsouthbound exit to Townsen Boulevard; signed separately
58.193.5152Kingwood Drive
59.395.4153Northpark Drive
61.899.5156  FM 1314 – Porter, Conroe
62.9101.2157ACommunity Drivenorthbound exit to Community Drive
63.5102.2157B  SH 99 Toll (Grand Parkway) – Springnorthbound flyover to Westbound SH 99 Toll
63.6102.4157  SH 99 Toll (Grand Parkway) – Springsouthbound exit to Westbound SH 99 Toll & Community Drive; Community Drive is signed separately
64103159A  FM 1485 – New Caneynorthbound exit to Farm to Market Road 1485
65.5105.4159B  Loop 494 / Roman Forest Boulevardnorthbound exit to Loop 494 / Roman Forest Boulevard
65.6105.6159   FM 1485 / Loop 494 – New Caneysouthbound exit to Farm to Market Road 1485 & Loop 494; Loop 494 use U-turn on right hand side to go under freeway
Woodbranch66.9107.7160Roman Forest Boulevardsouthbound exit to Roman Forest Boulevard
WoodbranchPatton Village line68.5110.2161  SH 242exit to Patton Village; signed separately
northbound exit is in Woodbranch city limits & southbound exit is in Patton Village city limits; city limits crosses the Interstate in a diagonal direction / not perpendicular
Patton Village69.7112.2163Creekwood Lane
Splendora71.6115.2165  FM 2090 – Splendora
73.1117.6166East River Drive
74.60120.06167Fostoria Roadnorthbound exit
Liberty74.61120.07   US 59 south / I-69 southbound lanes begin / Fostoria Roadsouthbound exit to Fostoria Road, exit 167; current northern end of US 59 overlap; current northern end of freeway
167Mandell Road / Fostoria Road [18] [19]southbound exit; [18] [19] County Road 377 would use this exit and take U-turn at Fostoria Road
169County Road 377 / County Road 381 / County Road 383 [18] [19]northbound exit [18] [19]
169County Road 381 / County Road 383 [18] [19]southbound exit [18] [19]
Cleveland171  SH 105 / Gladstell Road – Conroe, Beaumont [18] [19]
172A  Loop 573 (Washington Avenue) [18] [19]
172B 
  Bus. SH 105 – Cleveland, Conroe [18] [19]
173  FM 2025 – Coldspring [19]
174  Loop 573 (Washington Avenue) [19]northbound exit [19]
Frontage Road [20] [21]northbound exit [20] [21]
San Jacinto  Loop 573 (Washington Avenue) [20] [21]southbound exit [20] [21]
Red Road [20] [21]northbound exit; Sherwood Drive would take this exit and take U-Turn at Red Road [20] [21]
Frontage Road [20] [21]southbound exit; Sherwood Drive would take this exit [20] [21]
177  FM 2914 [20] [21]northbound exit
   US 59 south / I-69 southbound lanes beginsouthbound exit to FM 2914; Red Road would take this exit and go through the FM 2914 intersection staying on the Frontage Road until getting to the Red Road intersection; [20] [21] future northern end of US 59 overlap; future northern end of freeway [20] [21]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Clark, Steve (May 29, 2013). "SH 550 Ribbon-Cutting crowd Gets big I-69 News". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Minute Order 5 - March 25, 2015, Texas Transportation Commission
  3. ^ Cross, Mark (June 11, 2008). "TxDOT Recommends Narrowing Study Area for Texas Portion of I-69" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008.
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (June 26, 2008). "Transportation Commission Picks Developer for Texas Portion of I-69". Keep Texas Moving. Texas Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 26, 2008.
  5. ^ "What's Next for I-69 Texas?". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "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 August 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Clark, Steve (October 30, 2011). "First I-69 signs going up on U.S. 77 in December". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (May 19, 2012). "Report to SCOH" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
  9. ^ Alliance for I-69 Texas (July 26, 2012). "35 More Miles of I-69 Route Added to Interstate Highway System" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Fikac, Peggy & Begley, Dug (February 6, 2013). "Interstate 69 coming, piece by piece". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  11. ^ Media Relations. "I-69 Designation as an Interstate Means More Jobs for Texas and Economic Development in Growing Communities" (Press release). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  12. ^ Alliance for I-69 Texas (February 28, 2013). "Southwest Freeway Now Interstate 69" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "28 miles of US Hwy. 59 now Interstate 69". Houston, TX: KPRC-TV. April 3, 2013. Archived from the original on April 20, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  14. ^ news, elissa rivas, eyewitness news, reporter, anchor, morning news, weekend (February 10, 2018). "Highway construction on I-69 making progress in Fort Bend Co". ABC13 Houston. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Janes, Jared. "Valley's I-69 signage the latest stop along superhighway dream". The Monitor. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  16. ^ Essex, Allen (May 30, 2013). "I-69 Comes to the Valley: 111 Miles Added to Interstate System". Valley Morning Star. Harlingen, TX. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  17. ^ a b c d Alliance for I-69 Texas. "6.1 Miles in Two New Sections Added to I-69" (Press release). Alliance for I-69 Texas. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i TxDOT (November 19, 2015). "Open House - US 59 in Montgomery and Liberty Counties" (Press release). TxDOT. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l U.S. Route 59 in Texas
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k TxDOT (September 27, 2016). "Public Hearing - US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Cleveland (Future I-69)" (Press release). TxDOT. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k TxDOT (May 14, 2019). "Public Hearing - US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Cleveland (Future I-69)" (Press release). TxDOT. Retrieved April 27, 2019.

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