US 59/US 259 North Nacogdoches (Future I-69)
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This project is dedicated to improving safety and mobility along US 59 (Future I-69) from FM 343 to 1.2 miles north of US 259 in Nacogdoches.

TxDOT is proposing to upgrade existing US 59 by constructing frontage roads and reconstructing the US 59/US 259 interchange. The project would be designed to meet interstate standards for possible future designation as I-69 and would:

  • Enhance safety and improve mobility along US 59
  • Provide a more efficient hurricane evacuation route
  • Provide system connectivity to I-69, which is a 1,600-mile national highway connecting Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. I-69 also provides access to inland ports and sea ports along the gulf coast

Proposed Improvements

This 2.5-mile project includes the following:

  • Reconstructing US 59 mainlanes to provide four 12-foot travel lanes, two in each direction, 10-foot wide inside shoulders with concrete barrier and 12-foot wide outside shoulders
  • Constructing northbound and southbound frontage roads with two 12-foot lanes, 4-foot inside  shoulders and 10-foot outside shoulders
  • Constructing 10-foot wide shared use paths along proposed US 59 frontage roads with 6-foot wide sidewalks along US 259 throughout project limits
  • Reconfiguring the US 59/US 259 interchange to provide new direct connector bridges for northbound US 59 and southbound US 259

Next Steps

  • Construction funding for the $115 million project was allocated in TxDOT’s Unified Transportation Program (UTP) with construction anticipated to start in 2029
  • Surveying and data collection for schematic and environmental studies began in 2020 and are anticipated to be complete late 2023
  • After approval of the schematic and environmental studies, detailed engineering plans, ROW acquisition and utility relocation can begin. These processes must be completed before construction can begin and may take three to four years to complete.  

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Contact Us

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

(936) 633-4469
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