I-69 moving forward
TxDOT officials recently announced key funding details to advance I-69 in Texas. A total of $17 million has been allocated to develop US 59 relief options at Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Corrigan. In the Liberty County area, $6 million was allocated to improve US 59 to a controlled access facility. Another $12 million will fund frontage roads and ramps and the removal of crossovers on US 59 from Loop 463 to US 87 in Victoria. Also, $6 million has been allocated to US 59 projects in Fort Bend and Wharton counties.
In South Texas, $40 million in funding will go toward construction of a relief route in Premont on US 281. On US 77, $60 million is dedicated to the design-build project from Driscoll to Kingsville. In Laredo, $9 million will be used to construct an overpass on Loop 20. These improvements were recommended by the citizen planners of the I-69 segment committees. The funding is part of the 2012 Unified Transportation Program, which the Texas Transportation Commission recently revised to include an additional $2 billion for highway projects across the state.
The I-69 Texas route is planned to run from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo to Texarkana and occupy the footprint of existing highways, including US 59, 77, 84 and 281 and SH 44. In addition to a stretch of US 77 in South Texas designated as I-69 in 2011, about 80 miles of US 59 in the Houston and five miles in the Texarkana area are being reviewed to determine if the sections meet interstate specifications.
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