Local, state, national leaders celebrate placement of permanent markers for new interstate.
LAREDO — In an effort to enhance economic development and interstate trade in South Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation on Monday was joined by the Alliance for I-69 Texas and national, state and local leaders to commemorate the placement of permanent I-69 signs in Laredo. Being developed on existing roadways as a critical artery for moving freight, I-69 will ultimately become a 1,600-mile-long highway stretching from Michigan to Texas.
"As the Texas Transportation Commission continues to look at opportunities to improve freight movement, enhance international trade and expand access to markets to support the economic competitiveness of Texas, I-69 continues to be a critical link for boosting commerce and connecting Texas communities," said Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III. "The future of I-69 within the city of Laredo remains central to this effort and will allow for continued growth of business, commerce and economic prosperity in the region."
Designated by Congress as a High Priority Corridor, I-69 today stretches nearly 140 miles in Texas, beginning in Texarkana and extending to Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. The interstate is expected to be a critical artery for moving agricultural, energy and industrial exports through the nation and beyond. It also is expected to attract more businesses to the Lone Star State.
"Today’s official designation of FM 1472 as part of the I-69 system paves the way for further growth and commercial vibrancy in South Texas," said Congressman Henry Cuellar. "Improvements to the roads and infrastructure of I-69 are a boost to the economy of South Texas and the region as a whole. I thank the Texas Department of Transportation for its commitment to ensuring we continue our investment in transportation and look forward to our continued collaboration."
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