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 San Jacinto County.
The TxDOT Lufkin District, using the I-69 Implementation Strategy Report (March 2016), has begun efforts to prioritize, coordinate and manage the development of I-69 projects in San Jacinto County.
Due to its proximity to an existing interstate (I-69) and current congestion problems, the first project within San Jacinto County identified for development is the US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Cleveland project. This project would bring existing US 59 up to current interstate standards by constructing frontage roads and overpasses from FM 2914 near Shepherd to the north end of the Cleveland Relief Route. TxDOT will be hosting an open house on Sept. 27, 2016, to display the proposed improvements and gather local citizen input. For more information about this project please visit the US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Cleveland page.
Although funding has been allocated for the preliminary development of this project, which includes environmental studies, schematic design and right-of-way acquisition, no construction funding has been identified. Additionally, 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. 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 San Jacinto County.
I-69 Project Manager
TxDOT Lufkin District
1805 N. Timberland Drive
Lufkin, TX 75901