US 59 in El Campo serves as a route for local traffic within El Campo and also serves motorists traveling statewide along US 59. For the past few years, TxDOT has been using the recommendations of the I-69 Citizen Committees to continue developing I-69 in Texas. The future I-69 Texas route includes US 59 through El Campo.
As traffic increases on US 59 in El Campo, the need for an interstate-quality road becomes more important. An interstate-quality road would include frontage roads and control access to the high-speed main travel lanes using entrance and exit ramps. An interstate-quality road would better accommodate growing traffic volumes as well as enhance safety along US 59.
In consultation with El Campo leadership, TxDOT is studying US 59 in El Campo on the improvements needed to bring US 59 up to interstate standards. TxDOT is currently conducting two environmental studies, called Environmental Assessments, or EAs. There are two studies, so the potential improvements can follow different schedules and allow the South project to be environmentally cleared and constructed first. These EAs will include citizen comments and participation and will ultimately provide a road map for improving US 59 to interstate standards.
Currently there is funding to complete the environmental studies, but no available funding for construction. The City of El Campo is partnering with TxDOT to secure construction funding for the South project. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015. The construction schedule for the North project will be determined once construction funding becomes available.
The proposed project includes:
An open house for these studies was held May 6, 2014. To request more information or a presentation to your group, please contact Jeffery Vinklarek at (361) 293-4363.
TxDOT Yoakum District Director of Transportation Planning and Development
403 Huck Street
Yoakum, TX 77995