Interstate 2 comprises a well traveled freeway across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Overlaying U.S. 83 for 46.8 miles, IH 2 runs east from Palmview through the cities of Mission, McAllen, Pharr, San Juan and Weslaco among others. The designation concludes at IH 69E/U.S. 77 in Harlingen, which angles southeast to Brownsville and the Veterans Bridge to Matamoras, Mexico. Designated as a branch of the IH 69 corridor, IH 2 improves mobility and the movement of freight traffic to points north with the connections to IH 69C/U.S. 281 north and the continuation of U.S. 83 to Laredo.
The west end of IH 2 is located at the grade separated interchange with Showers Road, west of Palmview. U.S. 83 extends from there along a five lane, at-grade boulevard through Penitas and La Joya. Construction along the north side of the two cities through
January 2021 early 2023 2024 constructs the US 83 Relief Route, a new four lane, 6.7 mile long controlled access highway. Split into three phases, Phases I & III constructs the new roadway from 0.85 miles east of FM 886 (El Faro Road) to a point just west of FM 2221. Phase II completes the freeway from FM 2221 to a point 0.28 miles west of Showers Road. Estimated costs for Phases I & III was $86.24 million and $95.91 million for Phase II.4
The eastern portion of the U.S. 83 relief route, from FM 2221 (Jarachinas Road) to the Palmview connector opens in Summer 2023. The remainder west to Sullivan City is scheduled for completion in early 2024.7