The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District is proposing improvements to US 281, from FM 490 to SH 186/FM 1017, in Hidalgo County, Texas.

Proposed improvements include the following:

  • Widening the existing roadway from a 4-lane divided highway to interstate standards with 4 mainlanes (2 in each direction) and a 2-lane continuous frontage roads in each direction
  • Adding three overpasses at Laguna Seca Road, Red Gate Road and Los Venados Drive

The purpose of the proposed project would be to enhance mobility, safety, and improve traffic operations along US 281 (future I-69C). The project will be constructed generally within the existing Right-of-Way (ROW) which varies between 200 feet and 320 feet. However, approximately 44-58 acres of additional ROW will be required, at select locations, to upgrade the facility. The project may have 2-14 residential displacements, 1 business displacement, and impact 1 public facility.

Public Involvement



TxDOT Pharr District
600 W. I-2
Pharr, TX 78577

(956) 702-6100