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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.

Current Status

In 2008, the Texas Transportation Commission created the I-69 Advisory and five I-69 Segment Committees to increase citizen and community input in the planning of I-69 in Texas. The TxDOT Lufkin District, using the Segment Two Committee and 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.

Utilizing the various committee reports, the Lufkin District identifies projects to propose for listing in TxDOT’s 10-year Unified Transportation Program (UTP). The UTP is neither a budget nor a guarantee that projects will or can be built. However, it is a critical tool in guiding project development within the long term planning context. It also serves as a communication tool for stakeholders in understanding TxDOT project development commitments.

Projects Under Development

  • US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Cleveland Upgrade (CSJs: 0177-02-057 and 0177-03-099) – 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 held an open house on Sept. 27, 2016, to display the proposed improvements and gather local citizen input.

    In the December 2017 UTP, the Texas Transportation Commission allocated construction funding for the project. TxDOT is currently still developing the schematic and conducting environmental studies. With the construction funding allocated, the $115 million dollar project is proposed to go to bid for construction in 2023.

    For more information about this project please visit the US 59 Upgrade Shepherd to Cleveland page.

At this time, there are no other I-69 projects under development in San Jacinto County. The Lufkin District will continue to evaluate the recommendations and priorities provided by the I-69 Segment Committees and the I-69 Advisory Committee to identify smaller, more fundable projects for development. The recommendations from the committees serve as a guide for TxDOT to consider when identifying projects to develop and do not represent definitive decisions on routes or right of way needs. Routes and right of way needs are not determined until TxDOT receives approval of the schematic and environmental study.

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.

Additional Information

Contact

I-69 Project Manager
TxDOT Lufkin District
1805 N. Timberland Drive
Lufkin, TX 75901

(936) 633-4469
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