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I-69 Designation as an Interstate Means More Jobs for Texas and Economic Development in Growing Communities
Contact: Media Relations
Phone: (512) 463-8700
Date: Feb. 6, 2013

Governor Perry, state legislators, transportation officials discuss the economic benefits I-69 provides Texas

AUSTIN – As Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation, ensuring the state’s infrastructure can withstand the boom in business is critical now more than ever. Today, the Texas Department of Transportation updated lawmakers on the progress of the Interstate 69 corridor and announced new federal designation of more than 28 miles of existing highway around Houston (link to video and photos of today’s announcement is below). 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.

“I-69 represents a vital component in our thriving and growing economy, not just in eastern Texas or in South Texas but across the entire state” Gov. Rick Perry said. “The quality of our transportation system plays a decisive role when employers consider expanding or relocating here. That’s why we need to continue investing in infrastructure projects like I-69.”

“Interstate 69 is important in providing safety, mobility and connectivity between rural and urban Texas” said Commissioner Jeff Austin, Texas Transportation Commission. “The Interstate links three major east- and west-Texas interstates:  I-10, I-20 and I-30, and provides a critical national connection as well.”

From north to south Texas, communities across the state will see the economic benefits of I-69. The interstate is expected to be a critical artery for moving agricultural, energy and industrial exports through the nation and beyond. It is also expected to attract more businesses to the Lone Star State.

“Economic development, commerce, safety and quality of life are all tangible benefits Texans will experience with the development of I-69,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “The I-69 expansion can mean growth for communities in Texas and attract businesses that want to move products in all directions throughout Texas and the nation.”

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.