Interstate 69E (Texas)
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Interstate 69E Texas

Interstate 69E marker

Interstate 69E
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Existed December 5, 2011 (2011-12-05) (as I-69) - present
East Rio Grande Valley segment
Length 53.3 mi[1] (85.8 km)
South end / / University Blvd. in Brownsville (Will be extended to Mexico border)
/ in Olmito
/ in Harlingen
North end
/ near Raymondville
Corpus Christi area segment
Length 7.8 mi (12.6 km)
South end / in Robstown
North end / in Corpus Christi
Highway system

Interstate 69E (I-69E) is a relatively short 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.


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."[2] 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.[3] Officials held a ceremony on December 5, 2011 to unveil I-69 signs on the Robstown-Corpus Christi section.[4]

The Federal Highway Administration approved the designation for the East Rio Grande Valley Segment on May 24, 2013,[5] and the Texas Transportation Commission followed suit on May 30, 2013.[6] 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 Palmview to Harlingen and connects with I-69C and I-69E.[5] These approvals added over 100 miles (160 km) to the Interstate Highway System in the Rio Grande Valley.[7] The signage was installed in summer 2013.[8]

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;[9] funding for the various projects to effect the upgrades is slated to become available after 2015.[10]

Exit list

CameronBrownsville south / south - Veterans International Bridge0.1 miles (0.16 km) north of University Boulevard intersection
South end of US 77 concurrency and US 83 overlap
0Polk StreetSouthbound exit only.
1.32.11A (International Boulevard) - International Airport, Gateway International Bridge
2.33.71B12th Street / 14th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
2.64.21C6th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
2.74.32 (Boca Chica Boulevard) - Airport
3.35.33Price Road / Old Alice Road
south / (Ruben M. Torres Sr. Boulevard)
Access to Brownsville Baptist Medical Center
6.09.75Pablo Kisel Boulevard / Morrison Road
6.911.16 (Alton Gloor Boulevard)Access to Valley Regional Medical Center
7.912.77Stillman Road / Old Alice Road
8.914.38Merryman Road
9.815.89 - Olmito
10.617.110A to  - Port of Brownsville
10B east / east - Port of Brownsvillesouthbound exit and northbound entrance
11.819.011 - Rancho Viejo
13.221.212Carmen Avenue
14.222.913Roberta Road
15.324.614 /  - South Padre Island
16.426.416Frontage Road
north /  - San Benito
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
San Benito18.629.918 /  - San Benito
19.631.519AMcCulloch Streetno direct southbound exit (signed at exit 19B)
20.232.519B / (Sam Houston Boulevard) / Ratliff Street
21.734.921 (Williams Road) / Ratliff Street
22.736.522 (Paso Real Highway)
Harlingen23.537.823A east (Ed Carey Drive) / west - AirportAccess to Valley Baptist Medical Center
24.739.823BNew Hampshire Streetno direct northbound exit (signed at exit 23A)
24.839.924 (Rangerville Road) / F Street
25.941.725M StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
26.442.526ALincoln AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
26.943.326B west / west - McAllenNorth end of US 83 overlap; I-2 exit 176; eastern terminus of I-2
west (Harrison Avenue) / Tyler Avenue (Spur 206 east)
(Fairpark Boulevard) / west
no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 26C)
28.245.428 (Wilson Road)
Harlingen-Combes line28.445.729A
/ (Primera Road)
only a separate exit northbound
Combes29.647.630 /  - Santa Rosa, Rio Hondo
31.049.934Orphanage Road / V Road
north - Sebastian
WillacySebastian35.256.638 west / east
42A (Parker Road)no direct southbound exit (signed at exit 42B)
Lyford43.269.542B (Broadway Street)
48.578.148 - Raymondville, Port Mansfield
50.080.549no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 51)
south / Conley Road - Raymondville
Gap in route
144.0231.7 east - Robstown, Corpus Christi
145.0233.4 west - Alice
146.1235.1CR 44Northbound exit and southbound entrance
south to west / CR 48 - Robstown, Alice
Corpus Christi148.3238.7CR 52no direct northbound exit (signed at FM 624)
150.0241.4 (Northwest Boulevard) / Leopard Street
150.2241.7 / north - San Antonio, Victoria, Corpus ChristiI-37 exit 14
Sharpsburg Roadnorthbound exit only
North end of US 77 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


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

External links

Route map: Google

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