Interstate 69E Texas

Interstate 69E

Routing

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.

History

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 Segment
Northern Terminus - Interstate 37 - Corpus Christi, Texas
Perspective from Interstate 37 north
Intestate 37 advances toward the three-wye interchange (Exit 14A). with Interstate 69E & U.S. 77 on a six-lane stretch parallel to Leopard Street. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/27/16).
Exit 14A parts ways with IH 37 north at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing for both IH 69E & U.S. 77 south to Robstown and FM624 (Northwest Boulevard) at the Calallen district of Corpus Christi. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/27/16).
Southern Terminus - FM 892 - Robstown, Texas
Perspective from Interstate 69E south
The final southbound shield for the Robstown segment of IH 69 stands ahead of the Lincoln Avenue (FM 892) underpass. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/27/16).
An end shield appears for IH 69 as U.S. 77 transitions into an at-grade expressway ahead of County Road 36. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/27/16).
Perspective from Interstate 69E north
U.S. 77 upgrades to a freeway as part of Interstate 69E (signed here still as IH 69) at the frontage road system beginning west of FM 892 (Lincoln Avenue). The freeway bypasses Robstown to the east. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/27/16).
South Segment
Northern Terminus - U.S. 77 - north of Raymondville, Texas.
Interstate 69E ends as U.S. 77 leaves Raymondville as a four-lane divided highway.
Southern Terminus - U.S. 77 & 83 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.

Sources

  1. "Another 116 miles added to I-69 system in Texas." Wharton Journal Spectator, June 5, 2013.
  2. "Another 6.1 Miles Added to I-69 Texas System." Alliance for I-69 Texas web site, November 30, 2015.
  3. Texas-Mexico - International Bridges and Border Crossings - Existing and Proposed - 2011, Texas Department of Transportation.

Page Updated April 5, 2016.