Interstate 69C was approved at the AASHTO meeting on November 15, 2012 for 13.5 miles of U.S. 281 freeway within Hidalgo County. The route initially ended 0.5 miles north of the U.S. 281 junction with FM 2812, where the pre-existing freeway transitioned into an at-grade divided highway.1
The Edinburg bypass of U.S. 281 opened to traffic in 1980 as the first project to upgrade the corridor in Hidalgo County to limited access standards. The letter "C" in Interstate 69C relates to the I-69 branch designated "I-69 Central" in planning documents.2
A ceremony was held on July 15, 2013 in Pharr for the signing of both Interstates 2 and 69C on the same day a similar event took place in McAllen for Interstates 2 and 69E.
|Presently Interstate 69C ends at the diamond interchange with FM 490 and transition of U.S. 281 from a freeway to a divided highway.
|Perspective from Interstate 2 east & U.S. 83 south
||Exit numbers were added to IH 2 by 2016, reflecting the ultimate planned terminus at Laredo. Pictured here is the one mile approach to the directional T interchange (Exits 146A/B) with IH-69C and U.S. 281. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (03/16/16).
Page Updated April 5, 2016.