Interstate 69W Texas
Interstate 69W entails just 1.4 miles of the Loop 20 freeway between the World Trade Bridge and Interstate 35 in north Laredo. This stretch doubles as the southernmost stretch of U.S. 59.
The planned route of IH 69W takes the interstate northeast from Laredo to George West, the future north end of IH 69C, and onward to Victoria and a rendezvous with IH 69E.
The Texas Transportation Commission approved the redesignation of 1.4 miles of Loop 20 in Laredo as Interstate 69W on June 26, 2014. This followed approval by the Federal Highway Administration on June 17, 2014.1
Loop 20 and U.S. 59 east from Interstate 35, currently an at-grade roadway, will become a part of Interstate 69W once upgrades to the roadway are made. Split into two phases, Phase 1 entails upgrading the interchange with Interstate 35 to a freeway to freeway junction and building of the freeway east to International Boulevard. Phase 2 extends the freeway portion southward with interchanges added at Shiloh Road, Del Mar Boulevard, University Boulevard, Jacaman Boulevard and Airport Drive. Funding is not available for either phase as of summer 2014.1
Groundbreaking set for May 23, 2016 will begin a $22 million project to convert the existing at-grade crossing between Loop 20 and U.S. 59 and International Boulevard.The International Boulevard Overpass Project will require no additional right of way and no right of way costs were incurred, thus reducing the overall price.2 This project is part of the overall scope of upgrading the IH 69W corridor through north and east Laredo. Once complete, the Loop 20 and U.S. 59 freeway will extend nearly 2.5 miles east of IH 35.
|Interstates 69E and 69W will combine at Victoria, Texas to form the Interstate 69 mainline leading northeast to Houston. Construction of these freeways is many years out.
|Perspective from Interstate 35 north
||Green outs made to Exit 8A signs along IH 35 north reflect the upgrade of Loop 20 to both IH 69W and U.S. 59. Presently a directional T interchange joins the two freeways on the north side of Laredo. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (03/16/16).
||Interstate 69W and U.S. 59 combine west from IH 35 to the World Trade International Bridge linking Laredo, Texas with Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The bridge opened to traffic on April 15, 2000. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (03/16/16).
"First Section of Interstate 69 Comes to Laredo." Alliance for I-69 Texas web site, June 26, 2014.
"Internationa Blvd. Overpass Project in Laredo begins May 23." Texas Department of Transportation web site, May 18, 2016.
Page Updated May 19, 2016.