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Interstate 69C Texas

Interstate 69C



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 ends 0.5 miles north of the U.S. 281 junction with FM 2812, where the existing freeway transitions into an at-grade divided highway.1

The Texas Transportation Commission approved another 4.5 miles of IH 69C on November 20, 2014. The section runs north from the current freeway end to FM 490. This designation will be effective upon formal notification that the work has been completed to Interstate standards and approved by the Administrator of the FHWA.

IH 69C will ultimately run north to IH 69W at George West.


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.

Northern Terminus - Texas Farm to Market Road 2812 - Edinburg, Texas
Presently Interstate 69C ends at the transition of U.S. 281 from a freeway to a divided highway at FM 2812 (Redbird Street).
Southern Terminus - Interstate 2 - Pharr, Texas.
Interstate 69C ends at Interstate 2, where U.S. 281 leaves its freeway for Cage Boulevard into downtown Pharr.


  1. SCOH Report from Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering Annual Meeting, November 16, 2012.
  2. I-69 from McAllen to Victoria, Interstate 69, web site (Chris Lawrence).

Page Updated July 15, 2013.

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State Texas
Mileage 13.5
Cities McAllen
Junctions Interstate 2
Source: Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order May 28, 2013, December 31, 2014 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
Rio Grande Valley - 1983 Texas Official Highway Map
Old U.S. 281 through Edinburg was established as SL 113 on April 14, 1980. The 6.9-mile route was renumbered as Business U.S. Highway 281-W on June 21, 1990.