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About I-69

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Why Texas Needs I-69

Population and traffic growth
Texas grew by 4.3 million people between 2000 and 2010, an increase of 20.6%. The counties along the
I-69 Texas system grew even more, by 23%, and have 8 million residents. Some counties along the I-69 system had population increases over 50% from the 2000 to the 2010 Census. Ports along the Texas Gulf Coast and inland ports on the Texas-Mexico border anticipate a dramatic increase of cargo in the coming years.

Safer travel
Interstates provide greater safety because they have bridges and overpasses at crossroads and entrance and exit ramps. A four-lane divided interstate can reduce severe traffic accidents as compared to the current two- and four-lane roads. Based on 2009 statewide crash rates, interstate highways in Texas experience 20-30 percent fewer crashes than US highways in Texas.

Emergency evacuation routes
The highways along the proposed I-69 are close to or directly serve the Texas Gulf Coast. During hurricane evacuations, an interstate would have more capacity and wider shoulders to accommodate evacuees and emergency personnel. I-69 could shoulder more of the traffic load in a crisis situation.
Emergency Evacuation Routes for Hurricane Season
Economic development
High quality transportation infrastructure and convenient interstate access are a must for today’s businesses. One East Texas town, which is along the proposed I-69, lost out on a new manufacturer partly because it lacked interstate highway service. The manufacturer instead chose Tunica, Miss. which is located on a recently-completed section of I-69.
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