Interstate 69E Texas
Interstate 69E overlays all of U.S. 77 from University Boulevard / East Avenue in Brownsville to the Raymondville bypass. A second section of Interstate 69E is posted along the 6.2-mile stretch of freeway that was Interstate 69 between Texas 44 at Robstown and Interstate 37.
An additional 1.6 miles of IH 69C was added from SH 44 to FM 892 at Robstown in fall 2015 to coincide with upgrades of U.S. 77 to Interstate standards.2 This was pre-approved by the Texas Transportation Commission on November 20, 2014.
U.S. 77 through the Lower Rio Grande Valley was upgraded to an expressway by 1965 and to a limited access highway between Harlingen and La Paloma in 1972 and southward to Brownsville by 1985. The stretch between Texas 4 and the border crossing south of University Boulevard was upgraded in 2004.
Interstate 69E between Robstown and Interstate 37 was dedicated as the first section of Interstate 69 in Texas on December 5, 2011. As suggested by the FHWA, it was redesignated as Interstate 69E by AASHTO at their Spring 2013 meeting and the Texas Transportation Committee on May 28, 2013. The Robstown portion was approved by FHWA on July 31, 2013 and by AASHTO on October 21, 2013. The branches of Interstates 69C and 69E will come together north of this segment.
The designations of Interstate 69C and 69E were made possible by the 2012 legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The previous law regarding interstates required that new Interstate highway segments must be connected to an existing system route. The legal revision, supported by several Texas members of Congress and the entire Texas Delegation,1 states that “routes can be designated as part of the Interstate system if the route or a segment of the route meets current Interstate design standards and connects to, or is planned to connect to, an existing Interstate within 25 years.”
North End – Corpus Christi, TX
South End – Brownsville, TX
Mileage – 61.10
Cities – Brownsville, Harlingen, Corpus Christi
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
The north end of IH 69E at IH 37 was reconstructed in the late 1980s to replace left side ramps with right side ones. The freeway upgrade leading south was completed by 2005.
Texas 44 between Freer and Corpus Christi was designated as part of the I-69 Texas System in the FAST Act of 2015 federal highway bill.
The Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates links the south end of U.S. 77 & 83 with Matamoros. The tolled four-lane span opened to traffic following a ribbon cutting ceremony held on April 30, 1999. The $19.3-million bridge is part of a heavy truck corridor between U.S. 77 & 83, SH 4 and the Port of Brownsville. A twin span was added on the U.S. side of the border during construction from February 2011 and May 2012.3
North End – Corpus Christi, Texas
South End – Robstown, Texas
South End at University Boulevard – Brownsville, Texas
Interstate 69E ends at the signalized intersection of U.S. 77 & 83 with University Boulevard west and East Avenue east, just north of the International Border crossing to Matamoros.
North End – north of Raymondville, Texas
Interstate 69E ends as U.S. 77 leaves Raymondville as a four-lane divided highway.
- “Another 116 miles added to I-69 system in Texas.” Wharton Journal Spectator, June 5, 2013.
- “Another 6.1 Miles Added to I-69 Texas System.” Alliance for I-69 Texas web site, November 30, 2015.
- Texas-Mexico – International Bridges and Border Crossings – Existing and Proposed – 2011,
ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/iro/2011_international_bridges.pdfTexas Department of Transportation.
Page updated April 5, 2016.