The I-69 system in Texas will be located primarily along the existing footprints of portions of US 59, US 77, US 84, US 281, State Highway 44 and State Highway 550. In some locations, it may be more preferable to build the interstate highway on new location to avoid significantly impacting a town or community. When complete, the I-69 system in Texas will be approximately 1,100 miles long.
As population growth continues in Texas, the I-69 system will serve and provide for the next generation. Many counties and communities along the I-69 system are close to the Gulf Coast. Some benefits of an interstate system include:
The I-69 system is currently being built in a series of small, local-level projects. These projects include upgrading existing highway sections to interstate standards or building relief routes around towns at new locations. Currently, there is no specifically dedicated funding to build the I-69 system in its entirety. To date, approximately 161 miles of the system have been designated as interstate.
Please refer to the February 2018 I-69 Implementation Strategy Update report on this website, which shows the status of I-69 system development in Texas.
The segment and advisory committees stressed that TxDOT should keep road improvements for I-69 within and along existing highway right of way to the greatest extent possible. However, a project may require new right of way from residential property, businesses, farms and ranches in order to meet interstate standards. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on specific project plans for developing the I-69 system when TxDOT undertakes a planning or environmental study.
Should future portions require additional right of way, TxDOT must carefully follow federal and state law and only obtain the property it needs for the highway project. Affected property owners must be adequately compensated for the market value of the property acquired, as established by an independent state-certified real estate appraiser, as well as certain damages, if any, to remaining property. They must also be compensated for necessary relocation expenses to the remaining property not acquired. For more information on your rights, review the Landowner's Rights Publications