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I-69 in Texas is Needed

Federal legislation has authorized the development of the I-69 system in Texas along specified U.S. routes, including US 59. The development of I-69 in Texas would relieve traffic congestion caused by a growing population, provide safer travel through the state, improve evacuation routes and support economic development. Existing US 59 does not have the capacity to serve projected traffic volumes and does not meet interstate standards through Angelina County.

I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Committee

On June 28, 2012, $6 million was allocated to TxDOT for project development services related to the development of I-69 in Angelina County. Subsequently, the citizen-led I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Committee was established to guide TxDOT in advancing I-69 in Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties by:

  1. Assisting TxDOT to inform local citizens of the options and to solicit comments and input
  2. Providing priorities and recommendations on route locations, improvements and upgrades to meet interstate standards

Angelina County Committee members recommended refinements to the new location and US 59 upgrade options and identified the Diboll Relief Route as the number one priority area for I-69 development in Angelina County. For the full report of the committee’s recommendations, priorities, and maps see the I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Scoping Study - Executive Summary.

Projects Under Development

Utilizing the Committee’s Executive Summary and I-69 Advisory Committee’s Implementation Plan, the Lufkin District identifies projects to propose for listing in TxDOT’s 10-year Unified Transportation Program (UTP). The UTP is neither a budget nor a guarantee that projects will or can be built. However, it is a critical tool in guiding project development within the long term planning context. It also serves as a communication tool for stakeholders in understanding TxDOT project development commitments.

In the March 2017 UTP, the Texas Transportation Commission allocated construction funding for the following three I-69 projects in Angelina County:

  • US 59 Diboll Relief Route (CSJ: 0176-03-097) - As the number one priority of Angelina County committee members, TxDOT began updating the schematic and environmental documentation in 2014 to ensure the original design would meet interstate standards. The proposed project involves the construction of new US 59 main lanes east of Diboll. The revised schematic and environmental re-evaluation were approved in March and June of 2016, respectively. After approval of the environmental documentation, TxDOT was able to begin right of way acquisitions, which are anticipated to be completed by Winter 2018. With construction funding allocated in the March 2017 UTP, the $142 million dollar project is proposed to go to bid in Summer 2020. Please visit the Diboll Relief Route project page for more information.
  • US 59 Upgrade between Moffett Road and SH 103 (CSJ:2553-01-115) – This project proposes to upgrade existing US 59 to meet interstate standards by constructing frontage roads and reconstructing the existing US 59 main lanes. This project is Phase II of the US 59/SL 287 North Interchange improvements that were completed in Spring 2017. TxDOT will begin right of way appraisals in Winter 2017 and expects right of way acquisitions to be completed two years after appraisals begin. The project is currently estimated at $13.56 million and is anticipated to go to bid in Summer 2020. For more information, please visit the US 59 North / Loop 287 project page.
  • US 59 Redland Upgrade between US 59/SL 287 North and FM 2021 (CSJ: 0176-02-118) - This project proposes to upgrade existing US 59 to meet interstate standards by constructing frontage roads and reconstructing the existing US 59 main lanes. TxDOT has just contracted with a consultant to develop the schematic and environmental document. A public meeting will be held in June 2017 to gather public input on the proposed project. This project is estimated at $20.7 million and is anticipated to go to bid in Winter 2022. For more information, please visit the US 59 Upgrade Redland project page.

At this time, there are no other I-69 projects under development in Angelina County. The Lufkin District will continue to evaluate the recommendations and priorities provided by the I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Committees, I-69 Segment Committees, and the I-69 Advisory Committee to identify smaller, more fundable projects for development. The recommendations from the committees serve as a guide for TxDOT to consider when identifying projects to develop and do not represent definitive decisions on routes or right of way needs. Routes and right of way needs are not determined until TxDOT receives approval of the schematic and environmental study.

TxDOT continues to have funding shortfalls which makes the financing and delivery of roadway projects challenging. TxDOT will work to develop a long-term strategy to identify funding for advancing projects in Angelina County. This may include federal, state and local resources as well as innovative financing tools such as tolls, establishment of a transportation reinvestment zone (TRZ), local participation in right-of-way costs and donations from local land owners. Despite the funding shortfalls, TxDOT remains committed and understands the importance of advancing I-69 throughout Texas, including Angelina County.

Additional Information

Contact

I-69 Project Manager
TxDOT Lufkin District
1805 N. Timberland Dr. Lufkin, TX 75901

(936) 633-4469
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